Thank You for the Days : A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond, Paperback

Thank You for the Days : A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond Paperback

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Approaching 50, Mark Radcliffe decided to write about his life and his love of music.

But crucially, he only wanted to write about the most interesting days and not the dull ones in between.

From 'The Day My Mother Hit Me With a Golf Club' to 'The Day I Met the Band Who Changed My Life' he charts the peaks and troughs of his life and career with wit, panache and insight.

He is very funny when recounting his days working at the BBC in the 1980s and 1990s (including how, when bored, he and his colleagues invented a fictional department), and on winning Stars in Their Eyesas Shane MacGowan.

Yet amongst the laughter are more sober days, such as the day when he learned John Peel had died.

A cracking read and a potted history of both one man's life and his love affair with music, Thank You For the Daysis a uniquely entertaining memoir that will appeal not just to music fans but to connoisseurs of British popular culture.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 20 integrated b-w photographs
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9781847393708



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31 Jul 2010Gosh, the gap between acquisition and reading is a bit big at the moment! Mind you, I've only got a shelf of TBR at the moment, so not so many acquired in the second half of the year.Anyway - this, the third part of a 2 for 3 purchase from Waterstones, was an excellent choice. I've liked Radcliffe's work in print and on the radio for years, and this did not disappoint. Rather than a straight autobiography, he picks out days when something exciting or interesting happened, and writes a short piece, not as long as a whole chapter, about each of them. This covers radio, at various stations, walking, bands he's seen and bands he's been in, heroes, entertainment and all sorts. There is a very small overlap with his book about the bands he's been in, and there's very little about his family, except when they're pursued by journalists in the very interesting section on Mark and Lard's attempt to do the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The pieces are funny, touching and always well written, and this is a book that lends itself very well to being re-read.