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The Necessary Aptitude: A Memoir Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940485
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Ayres gives a wonderful account of what it was like to grow up poor but respectable in post-war rural England. Some of her writing in the early chapters, describing life as the youngest of six children in a council cottage in the Vale of White Horse, Berkshire, has the original freshness of classics such as Flora Thompson's Lark Rise to Candleford" (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday)

"I find her work sweet and sour, gentle and sad, and often very moving in its wistful way ...The descriptions of post-war Berkshire life in The Necessary Aptitude are wonderful ... The world Ayres evokes is Hardy's Wessex ... I do admire (and envy) this marvellous woman" (Roger Lewis Daily Mail)

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The eagerly-awaited memoir by one of Britain's most-loved personalities

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