Alan Plater - the memoir of a well-known and popular writer of numerous plays, screenplays and novels.
It started the day he heard Mood Indigo at his grandparents' house in Jarrow and continued in his prolonged adolescence when he fell in love with cowboy bands, failed to tune a zither, and perfected the arts of invisible juggling and under-achieving escapology.
Then, slightly to his surprise, came a life and career that have brought him a CBE, two CDs, three BAFTAs, four honorary degrees and fourteen grandchildren.
Music has been the vital ingredient throughout, with an extraordinary range of collaborators, including Alex Glasgow, the Watersons, Dave Greenslade, John Dankworth, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenny Baker and Alan Barnes.
As he said to the Queen at his investiture: 'Forty-five years without a proper job.
That's got to be some sort of achievement.' It is illustrated with cartoons by the author.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages, original drawings by Alan Plater
- Publisher: Northway Publications
- Publication Date: 03/02/2006
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9780955090806
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Review by emmakendon
I needed something light to read in Sierra Leone, and Plater served me exceptionally well. As I lay in a hotel room while in the neighbouring room the two women with the guy screamed at each other all night, the perfect tonic was to chuckle away at Plater's 10-mile-an-hour car-chase in a caravan park, under my mosquito net and transport myself to the north of England at its most ludicrous. This is a bit lovey in places, but genuinely pays loving tributes to some of Plater's (and Barnes') very best unsung heroes, and I really enjoyed meeting them through Alan Plater's eyes. RIP, and thank you for keeping me company in SL.