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Thank u very much - Mr McGough
on 2 September 2012
The autobiography of the popular liverpudlian poet and performer, Roger McGough - told in his own inimitable style.
It's a cliche when people 'wish the book wouldn't end', but this was certainly the case with 'Said and Done'.
Roger writes about his wartime Liverpool childhood, and his student and teaching days, before he found fame as a third of comedy vocal group 'The Scaffold', with Mike McCartney and Tiswas stalwart, John Gorman.
Throughout the book we meet some of the famous 20th century artists such as Larkin: 'he was scary' and Lennon: 'the chilli to Paul's jam', which featured in Roger's life, along with fellow 'Mersey Beat' poets Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.
You will certainly feel a range of emotions reading this book.
There's plenty of humour, particularly in the chapter where Roger recalls his hapless summer student jobs: 'Next thing squashed loaves began to issue forth from the top of the machine...'
Much reflection, such as where he shares his thoughts and fears of becoming an older parent, illustrated with the touching poem 'Cinders', to his daughter, Isabel.
And some sadness, as he talks fondly about his old mate and fellow writer, Pete McCarthy, who died early from cancer in 2004: 'I am weary of writing eulogies, and this is one I'd though I'd never have to write.'
This is very much a self depreciating work, Roger delights in putting a pin in himself, whenever his ego is in danger of becoming overinflated: 'My brain certainly wasn't the the finely tuned instrument that I like to pretend it is.'
An honest and enjoyable book, let's hope Roger McGough is far from said and done.