An Encyclopaedia of Myself, Paperback Book

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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.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781857029055

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