An Encyclopaedia of Myself

An Encyclopaedia of Myself

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 26/02/2015
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Synopsis

LONGLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2014 ‘A symphonic poem about postwar England and Englishness … A masterpiece’ Financial Times The 1950s were not grey. In Jonathan Meades’s detailed, petit-point memoir they are luridly polychromatic. They were peopled by embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, drunks, suicides. Death went dogging everywhere. Salisbury had two industries: God and the Cold War. For the child, delight is to be found everywhere – in the intense observation of adult frailties, in landscapes and prepubescent sex, in calligraphy and in rivers. This memoir is an engrossing portrait of a disappeared provincial England, a time and place unpeeled with gruesome relish.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781857029055
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 250g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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