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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Most people are too weary, and too broke, to be happy in an unbridled way: every home has at least one lodger; every house has a thousand jobs that need doing. For me the audiobook was somewhat flawed in that his own performance is at a speed quicker than his normal speaking voice as you would hear it on the radio or on the TV. When I was at Oxford, I remember writing, out of nowhere, a long short story, but was too shy to send it anywhere. The book details his life, from his birth to the point at which, compulsory national service having at last been ditched, he’s about to go off to Oxford – and detail is the word.

Bragg indelibly portrays his parents and local characters, from pub regulars to vicars, teachers and hardmen, and vividly captures the community-spirited northern town, steeped in the old ways but on the cusp of post-war change. I have always been aware of his fame and popularity in our little town but not untill I read / listened to this do I feel I really know him as a man .Photograph: Louise Court/Melvyn Bragg View image in fullscreen Melvyn Bragg: ‘so often hits on something wise and even numinous’. Vividly evoking the post-war era, Bragg draws an indelible portrait of all that formed him: a community-spirited northern town, still steeped in the old ways; the Lake District landscapes that inspired him; and the many remarkable people in his close-knit world. But his huge commitment to study with the support of some excellent teachers brings huge success in his "A Levels". One of the generation of working- and lower middle-class children for whom a post-war grammar school education was the key to unlocking a future far beyond what their parents and grandparents had ever been able to aspire to, his impact on the cultural life of the UK from the Sixties until now has been immeasurable. I’d have got into local government or gone down to the factory and worked in its accounts department or been a junior clerk.

It ends with him winning a Scholarship to Oxford University ,but as he so eloquently points out he had to go but he never left his home town of Wigton . You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. 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. Melvyns reflections are vivid and he portrays with eloquence his feelings and emotions of what was often a challenging and difficult time. a fascinating and often moving portrait of a time, a place and a working-class boy who fell in love with words and made a distinguished career out of using them extremely well.

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