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The Tracks of My Years: The autobiography by [Bruce, Ken]
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`The much-loved Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce tells his remarkable and inspiring story in Tracks of My Years a memoir that is as direct and humourous as the man himself. His account of bringing up an autistic son is especially inspiring.'
--Choice magazine

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A funny, charming memoir by Radio 2's much loved DJ Ken Bruce.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1256 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Unabridged edition (4 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22FW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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By Bantam Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Because his show follows that of `living legend' Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce tends to get overlooked. In a way you could say he is a bit like Oliver Hardy to Wogan's Stan Laurel. This is unfair because anybody that regularly listens to Ken Bruces programmes will realise that, like Hardy, he is a consummate performer. He his highly skilled at his art, possessing the happy ability of being able to make the listener believe that he is talking to them alone, chatting to them as if he were sitting in the same room as them.

This autobiography is like that too. This is a warm, good natured book full of amusing anecdotes gathered first from his pre-radio days as a trainee accountant and a hire car company employee and then from his long career as a broadcaster, where he started on hospital radio before graduating to Radio Scotland then moving on to his spiritual home, Radio Two.

This being Ken Bruce, we don't expect and don't get any dishing of the dirt about his fellow broadcasters, he his obviously too decent a bloke to go down that road. This and the fact that he hasn't really had a very eventful life may make this book a little dull for some tastes but the millions that enjoy his mid-morning show will doubtless enjoy this book as well.
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I feel sorry for the reviewer who felt this book was dull, it has gone beyond my expectations and the humour is brilliant and has me shaking with laughter.

If you enjoy Ken Bruce on the radio as I do and like his sense of humour which I also enjoy and being a fellow Scot has nothing to do with it, there are several Scottish comics I can't stand but Ken Bruce always makes me laugh with his ready wit.

Close to the end when he speaks about his autistic son, it is with such fatherly love - Ken Bruce has written this book with dignity.
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Ken Bruce differs from most broadcasters in that he enjoys the medium of radio for its own sake rather than as a means of getting onto television to become a celebrity.

He tells his tale undramatically, given his life of three wives and six children, relating events with a certain reticence. The story does come alive when he relates the difficulties of looking after an autistic child.

A surprising feature of his early radio days is how many of the programmes were produced after large quantities of alcohol had been consumed by many of the contributors. Surprisingly, the quality of the broadcasts do not seem to have been affected.

He deals philosophically with his up, down and up again Radio 2 career giving details of the
many programmes he has presented, in addition to his daily radio show. Taking a positive view of the Eurovision Song Contest deserves respect.

While not in the same class aa a writer that he is as broadcaster, Ken tells an intersting story that should be of interest to anyone who enjoys the radio.. Given his large family to support he should be with us for many years to come.
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By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
I've pretty much only just started to appreciate Ken Bruce's weekday morning show on BBC Radio 2, hence why I thought that I'd find out more about the man behind the voice. Bruce spent his early days growing up in Scotland, but after an aborted early career as a trainee accountant he worked his way up slowly in his chosen medium: radio. There are quite a few tales of heavy drinking sessions with colleagues which I'm guessing, along with a punishing work schedule contributed to the failure of Bruce's first two marriages? He does tell a ripping yarn about the 'insider' stuff listeners rarely hear about, but he's very discreet and doesn't name names, although I made an educated guess regarding the identity of one of his nightmare interviewees.

Probably the most interesting and informative parts for me were the background to the hugely popular daily quiz 'PopMaster' and how he created with Phil 'The Collector' Swern. Of course, Bruce's moving chapter about his autistic son, Murray, is very poignant indeed and as a Mother of a son with the same condition (albeit not quite as severe as Murray's) it was brilliant to read such an intelligent and informative piece. The snippets about the behind the scenes stuff about Eurovision were also very amusing. I also didn't get the impression that Bruce employed a ghostwriter for this book (unlike Tony Blackburn!) and I'm very glad that he stuck to his own prose.
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Great book about a great presenter. I have had the pleasure of being of his legendary Popmaster quiz a couple of times - I even made the final one year! Full of anecdotes and dry humour as a regular Radio 2 listener of his show would come to expect. As radio biographies go, this is a good one. Also interesting about how BBC has ran Radio 2 throughout as most radio biographies tend to focus mainly on Radio 1 - particularly the Bannister fallout of 1993! I have not just ordered the man himself reading the autobiography which will be even better!!!
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This is an excellent read about one of the nicest and warmest voices on the Radio. Kens humour, when heard on the radio, with his co-presenters, is second to none and he has a great gift for a quick witted joke.
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Very funny and honest account of Ken's life. No unexpected skeletons in the closet, but still an enjoyable, warm read. It is also comforting to anyone who may have an autistic child - Ken is very honest about how it affects his son and his family.
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