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"An excellent story full of humour and nostalgia."
"Well written portraying life in the 1960s and 1970s especially around Manchester."
"A thoroughly enjoyable read on social history."
"Very well written brought back memories of those times."
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Wittily written, punctuated with a great narrative style, Ribban’s story begins at childhood and takes us through his various jobs and travel in the search for meaningful work… and meaning overall. It is amazing to see that this is Bookmark’s first book, there is undoubtedly much more to come, and after reading this awesome first book I’ll be the first in line.
I currently read a lot and so it’s even more rewarding when you chance upon a book that is not only entertaining but has some true belly-laugh moments in there too, I raced through this book and was both happy to finish it for the enjoyment it gave, and sad that I now have to wait for the next instalment from Bookmark – he has at least one lifelong fan. The fact that this is the first review makes me think I am both privileged and frustrated that more people haven’t read this yet!
Bookmark’s hardships and hilarity are great tales for everyone to identify with, each chapter gives a fresh anecdote of the next challenge he faces. My particular favourite was hearing about his months working at the hotel in Cornwall, I have faced similar episodes and so it was brilliant to hear how someone else copes with the randomness of events, and how they deal with tricky characters and awkward situations. If you’ve worked in a factory, tried to better yourself against the odds, struggled for work, or are simply interested in the social political situation of England 1970s then this book is a must, it will make you smile, it will make it alllll seem not so bad after all.
A minger’s tale is an honest account, from an honest gentleman, who has lived. I guarantee this is a star who will shine bright in the near future. Congrats Ribban Bookmark, and thanks!
It shows how deprivation, sense of inadequacy and lack of ambition can affect a young mind and bring lack of self-worth. In this it’s a telling document, as we follow the author through his early years – brutalised by a Catholic education, and battling against the trappings of his surrounds.
He’s clearly a likeable character, and the way he describes his interactions with his teachers/mates/employers and how he tries to escape through things lie football is entertaining.
At times the humour is a trifle coarse, which might put off the more delicate reader, and the book is peppered by clichés, such as ‘no way Jose’ or ‘you could cut it with a knife’– but it’s very much that type of book, and therein lies the charm.
Apart from the occasional corniness, the book is well written with a lot of skilfully handled dialogue, but above all, the book paints an illuminating picture of a section of England. It may not have the insight or the human interplay shown in books such as Angela’s Ashes, but there is a raw warmth in it that makes for an enjoyable read.
Lacking confidence in himself, or maybe he blatantly excepts the fact that he truly is a minger, the author recounts his life’s ups and downs...mostly the downs but with every down, he shines a light. “I never thought I’d make it this far in life and that happy endings do exist…From an early age, I realized I was never destined for great things. The world would not be given to me on a stick, and the only silver spoon I would ever see would be a bag of sugar by that name.”
Absolutely hilarious read. Pure British comedy thrown with some Irish in there as well. Growing up with Irish immigrant parents, he describes times in the 60s and 70s in Manchester. He writes the book as ‘diary style’ and recounts the many memories he has growing up and why he became the person he is today.
A constant reminder that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and we all need to relax and just enjoy. Very entertaining and I highly recommend this book if you enjoy good 'ol English humor.
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