Still Life : Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood Paperback / softback
by Richard Cobb
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
- Publication Date: 29/05/2008
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780571242764
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