From Working Class Hero to Absolute Disgrace Paperback / softback
When Stephen Foster departed for London from his hometown of Stoke, he was wearing an army surplus jacket accessorised with a CND badge, and he took with him a distinct set of attitude problems.
It was the late Seventies; the south-east was on the brink of a social and economic boom - think Thatcher, Yuppies, Wham! and Essex Man. These were awful times for working-class heroes like Stephen, those who believed in Arthur Scargill, who listened to Dylan and Joy Division, and who reviled the Porsche 911.
The south was a travesty. He would never fit in - he couldn't. Three decades later he had turned into the kind of poseur who had a recipe book with instructions for making Eton mess and Smoked aubergine puree lying on his ornamental butcher's block next to his six-burner range in his nice middle-class kitchen.
How had this disastrous state of affairs come about?
From Working Class Hero to Absolute Disgrace is a riveting cultural memoir, funny and touching in equal measure.
It will transport you back to one of the great con eras - when we were encouraged to put gel in our hair, wear blazers with rolled-up sleeves and turn our back on our roots...
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 26 pages
- Publisher: Short Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2009
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781906021214