Back in the Day: Melvyn Bragg's deeply affecting, first ever memoir

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Back in the Day: Melvyn Bragg's deeply affecting, first ever memoir

Back in the Day: Melvyn Bragg's deeply affecting, first ever memoir

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This has all the hallmarks of a frank and sincerely honest book; a pastiche of look-in-the mirror reflections; a series of early-life’s paradoxes and contradictions.

And then there is the beloved town itself: Melvyn’s safe and dangerous cradle, a whole world in itself for those that looked for it.Melvyn is someone to admire and is always interesting to listen to, and there are many fascinating vignettes in this, but there's also a lot of direct speech which feels a bit hard to credit, and a lot of Romantic place-focused stuff which I found a bit dull. So many parallels, struggles for money and food, adolescent confusion and intense emotions, balancing a job with school, sports, friends, learning how to study, getting into the university against all odds, the girl back home. A fulfilling pleasure to read and to recommend to those who enjoy autobiographical writing at its very best.

Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. The first 200 pages are an impressionistic jumble of memories and feelings from early childhood; the second (the two are divided by a serious mental and physical breakdown that seems to come out of nowhere at the age of fourteen) show him developing a love of learning, literature and hard intellectual labour that would underpin his later professional life. This memoir leaves us just as the author has been accepted into Oxford University, so I imagine there will be another couple of volumes and I look forward to reading them. The first thing to say is that this memoir is keenly drawn, but it is not restricted to a cinematic re-telling.Will usually dispatch within same working day if paid before 14:00 GMT (excludes weekends and holidays). The writing is plain, in the sense that he wants to get things down, but there is something incantatory, here, too, as though some other force than himself was pushing his fingers across his keyboard. The really fascinating part is the portrait of Wigtown, his Cumbrian home town that was such a tight community,; his family were right at the heart of this, as his parents ran a pub, and were active in the local Labour Party and in sporting activities. Melvyn Bragg's first memoir is outstanding - beautifully written -a book that reflects the importance of family life, education, the importance of inspiring teachers, the growth of relationships and the importance of belonging to a sense of place. At Books2Door, we believe that reading is a fundamental skill that every child should have to help improve their vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking skills.

This story was beautifully and respectfully written and read by an at times deeply emotional Melvyn Bragg. a balanced, honest picture’ Richard Benson, Mail on SundayIn this elegiac and heartfelt memoir, Melvyn Bragg recreates his youth in the Cumbrian market town of Wigton: a working-class boy who expected to leave school at fifteen yet who gained a scholarship to Oxford University; who happily roamed the streets and raided orchards with his gang of friends until a breakdown in adolescence drove him to find refuge in books. However, I feel we were better nourished mentally without the pressures that youngsters have today from social media and societal expectation. I think he was fortunate in being an only child in some ways because his parents were able to support his choices whereas they might not have been able to if there were a handful of other kids to care for. As we might expect from his previous writings, his deep rootedness in, and love of Wigton, the place of his upbringing, plays a huge role in the book, as does his relationship with his parents, Ethel and Stan, to whom he plays a loving but sharp-eyed tribute.I also went to a grammar school in the industrial north of England and from there was able to earn a place at Oxford (but no scholarship for me) taking me to an experience and subsequent life beyond anything my parents ever had the opportunity to enjoy themselves. This book took me back, as I am only a few years younger than the author, but born and raised in the City of Bristol, England.



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