Still Life : Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood, Paperback / softback Book

Still Life : Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood Paperback / softback


Still Life: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood (the sub-title is important) was first published in 1984.

It won the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Literary Biography in that year. It is a classic among middle-class memoirs. In twenty-one short chapters the town is vividly anatomized. And so are its residents: meet Dr Ranking and, best of all, meet the Limbury-Buses living a life of contented ossification. 'Cobb remembers, and that, as well as his redeeming freedom from all conventional standards of dignity and relevance, is what makes this offbeat, capricious book a rare treasure'.

John Carey, Sunday Times 'A remarkable feat of making purest autobiography part of a general, social history...

Cobb has broken one of the strangest silences in English social commentary; on the missing history of the English bourgeoisie'.

Michael Neve, Times Literary Supplement


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780571242764

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