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Romany and Tom: A Memoir by [Watt, Ben]
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Neither sentimental nor savage, yet often wise, moving and entertaining within the same paragraph, Romany and Tom is a major achievement to rival any of Watt's recordings
- Guardian

You know when everyone last month was going 'Ben Watt's Romany & Tom is amazing?' I've just read it. It really is
- Caitlin Moran

Romany and Tom may be the most beguiling book you’ll read all year ... He has a songwriter’s gift for the deft phrase, while his powers of observation and recall are quite extraordinary ... Rather like Watt’s musical compositions ... this book is at once downbeat and uplifting
- Mail on Sunday

A poignant, life-affirming work
- Financial Times

INCREDIBLE … I read it in two huge gulps. It’s funny, incredibly moving, beautifully written, really thought-provoking
- Alexis Petridis

Forget Morrissey: Romany & Tom is the most beautiful, compelling memoir by a musician you’ll read for a very long time
- John Niven

[An] elegantly written and clear-sighted memoir ... Romany and Tom is a tender work infused with the understanding that this is the final chapter of two rich and complex lives ... Watt’s reluctance to sentimentalise the experience makes it that much more powerful, cutting to the heart of the frustrations that come with caring for one’s parents who were, not long ago, just like us
- Independent on Sunday

It is a beautiful book, a story which will resonate with many and in many different ways. There are moments when I laughed and parts when I had to stop reading for a bit, draw breath and then continue
- Gideon Coe, BBC 6 Music

Watt has written about personal trauma before in his 1996 memoir Patient. This … pulses with the same combination of clarity and kindness. Unsentimental and humane
- Telegraph

Closely observed, brilliantly written and unsparing
- David Hepworth

As a DJ and one half of Everything But The Girl (with his partner Tracey Thorn), Ben Watt knows better than most the impact fame can have on identity. But in his poignant new memoir, Romany and Tom, he channels that knowledge through his parents’ lives - Harper’s Bazaar

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An extraordinary achievement. A moving, funny and beautifully written memoir by musician, DJ and writer Ben Watt which carefully chronicles his parents' lives, their marriage and their decline into old age

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, 2014


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1454 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H7XTR1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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