I read this a while ago and have bought a copy for my boyfriend for Christmas who I know will laugh out loud at the painful memories this book conjures up from the 70s and 80s...and the teen angst that transends all ages...it's so funny. Tim Bradford is a genius.
I was at school with Tim so this book was very relevant to me personally and captured life at the school very well. A pleasant read for anyone however as it captures the trials and tribulations of growing up in a thoughtful and amusing way.
Tim and I were born in the same year and went to De Aston Secondary School. Although I knew who he was our paths only crossed in Art Classes and I was not `cool' enough to feature in his reminiscing. Although the names have been carefully changed, I recognise many characters and enjoyed the memories he evokes. Having said that; I think we grew up in parallel universes. I was oblivious to many of the things that were so important to him. Perhaps that is the difference in living in a "Small Town", Market Rasen, and a mile outside of a small rural village. Or just being a horse obsessed girl and a music and sport obsessed youth (seventies word). Anyway, if you were born around 1965, read it. You will laugh out loud and remember things long forgotten. By the way Tim, I managed a B in A level Art but expected your painting achieve an A.
I do think that this is the best book Tim has written so far. However, I have to say that my review might be thought to be biased as I am his mother. Nevertheless, he has had reviews in the local papers which were very complimentary and we also heard an interview of him on "Loose Ends" on 24th April which came over very well. I am sure that not only local folks will relate to the book but also many of the same generation who probably experienced similar adolescent years.
Very funny and scarily accurate look at what it was like growing up in the 70's and 80's. Very good observational humour made me laugh out loud. Also reminded me why I was in constant fear of nuclear death and dressed like a giant banana for a lot of my teenage years, fashion was hideous then! Would definitely recommend it
This is fantastic - a cross between Cider with Rosie and The Clash Songbook. It has a lovely tone throughout: nostalgic enough that you can smell the Humbrol paint and glue being used in the Airfix models but too downright hilarious to ever be mawkish. The illustrations are a constant joy and some of the set pieces (including the exchange trip to France, doing a punk gig for the local cub troop) are brilliant and I literally laughed till I cried. Only downside was reaching the end and wondering what happened next. Hopefully a sequel in the offing?