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On My Way to the Club: An Autobiography Hardcover – 16 Jan 1989

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (16 Jan. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002176173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002176170
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It's a shame this book is not more widely known, it has to be one of the most fascinating and fun autobiographies that i have read. I read this some time ago knowing nothing about Ludovic Kennedy but now feel that i have had an engaging insight into his life and works. There is Kennedy the schoolboy at Eton flying to Le Touquet for a weekend at the gaming tables and vividly describing the atmosphere of a school of this type at the time. Then there is Kennedy at Oxford and the war, the chapter dealing with his wartime Naval experience is quite dense and perhaps of more interest to the military scholar. Thereafter the book takes off as does his career as a journalist. His various trips around the world are quite simply spelllbinding, what a wonderful life he appeared to lead, seeing things and meeting people of such diversity that one wonders why we don't leave all this behind and go and look ourselves. He is incredibly generous of spirit and pokes harmless fun at those who comes across. The book contains some really wonderful lines; visitng a retired German Admiral he writes, as the Admiral roars into the tape recorder in the mistaken belief that this will make the interview easier, "the recording equipment was too new a trick for this old sea dog to learn" and they end up discussing old age. In the manner of many old people the Admiral is fixated with his own mortality and explains the ageing processs to Ludo, jabbing him in the chest "I will live until I am 70, you could live until you are 140!". It is typical of the man that these two who had fought each other across the waves only a few years before are now debating such universal topics as age. Of course, Kennedy's views on euthanasia are given a full and thought provoking airing later on in the book.Read more ›
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Ludvick Kennedy divides his life into two parts, before Moira and with Moira. The book is a very detailed and honest account of his whole life and in one or two parts I would say too detailed. The odd thing or two would have been better left out. However, it is a fascinating read and for someone who prefers autobiographies, it is very recommendable.
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Format: Paperback
A very interesting read. LK was fortunate enough to be born into the upper echelons of society, but this gave him a privileged key to places and people that most of us can only imagine. Also interesting glimpses into what is was like to be on a RN ship in WWII. He covers a lot of ground, of his early life, military service, journalistic career, political endeavours and his drive against miscarriages of justice. A good read that I discovered many years ago, and was surprised to see only two reviews of it on here before mine!
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great reading.
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