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Back in the Day

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529394474

Price: £25

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Melvyn Bragg’s first ever memoir – an elegiac, intimate account of growing up in post-war Cumbria, which lyrically evokes a vanished world.

In this captivating memoir, Melvyn Bragg recalls growing up in the Cumbrian market town of Wigton, from his early childhood during the war to the moment he had to decide between staying on or spreading his wings.
This is the tale of a boy who lived in a pub and expected to leave school at fifteen yet won a scholarship to Oxford. Derailed by a severe breakdown when he was thirteen, he developed a passion for reading and study – though that didn’t stop him playing in a skiffle band or falling in love.

It is equally the tale of the people and place that formed him. 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. A poignant elegy to a vanished era as well as the glories of the Lake District, it illuminates what made him the writer, broadcaster and champion of the arts he is today.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR MELVYN BRAGG's WRITING
A wonderful memoir . . . a truly great book about what it means to come from somewhere, to be of a culture, to be cultured not in the rarest but the most communal sense.
Howard Jacobson
A wonderfully full and detailed picture of one particular place at a particular time and an evocation of Melvyn Bragg's intense and enduring involvement in it
Michael Frayn
Always readable, often thought-provoking, and consistently entertaining.
Independent
An extraordinary work - eloquent, charming, insightful, vivid, touching, and a true work of literature
Tony Palmer
Beautifully written, lyrical and romantic, touching and tender . . . I enjoyed and admired it all.
Hunter Davies
He has an amazing memory for detail, but what shines through it all is his love for the place and its people. That makes the book very special.
Ken Follett
Splendid
Daily Telegraph
Very impressive
Financial Times