Back in the Day: Melvyn Bragg's deeply affecting, first ever memoir

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Back in the Day: Melvyn Bragg's deeply affecting, first ever memoir

Back in the Day: Melvyn Bragg's deeply affecting, first ever memoir

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For me, doing a sport, physical exercise or any other activity is done simply for the fun of doing it, not for coming in first. Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. Vividly evoking the post-war era, Bragg draws an indelible portrait of all that formed him: a community-spirited northern town, still steeped in the old ways; the Lake District landscapes that inspired him; and the many remarkable people in his close-knit world. He discovers the enjoyment that can be found in books, in reading and studying and analyzing what he personally draws from a given author’s writing.

Melvyn Bragg’s memoir, Back in the Day, is a portrait of the town in which he grew up, Wigton in Cumbria. There arises a conflict between the wishes of his parents and the possibility of his continuing his studies. This is the tale of a boy who lived in a pub and expected to leave school at fifteen yet won a scholarship to Oxford. Walking, cycling, singing, dances, swimming, rugby all played a part in developing MB’s character and still left many hours free for set against an unforgettably affectionately drawn backdrop of kind but strict grown-ups who laced the place with a sliver of fear .

His new memoir, Back in the Day, focuses on his early life and is a remarkable portrait of a childhood and adolescence, a family and a community. I really knew nothing about him before reading this and am reminded of the saying that “you can take someone out of a place but not the place it of them”.A charming account of a lost era, full of details and often lyrical descriptions of people and places . And the description of his first real love, which we know cannot last beyond the end of the book, had me very close to tears. Its author, we now discover, was almost paralysingly reluctant to leave Cumbria, even after he had been awarded a scholarship by not one, but two, Oxford colleges. This is a really good book and especially good that the author is narrating himself, there are times when he is clearly very emotional and this adds very much to the impact of the story. It is not included in promotions available to our main range products, as stated in our terms of service.

This has all the hallmarks of a frank and sincerely honest book; a pastiche of look-in-the mirror reflections; a series of early-life’s paradoxes and contradictions.This wonderfully authentic and often moving account of Bragg's childhood up to the time he leaves for university, is a heartfelt celebration of family life in a working-class community during the 1940s and 50s. One of the generation of working- and lower middle-class children for whom a post-war grammar school education was the key to unlocking a future far beyond what their parents and grandparents had ever been able to aspire to, his impact on the cultural life of the UK from the Sixties until now has been immeasurable. All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you! Photograph: Louise Court/Melvyn Bragg View image in fullscreen Melvyn Bragg: ‘so often hits on something wise and even numinous’. This memoir leaves us just as the author has been accepted into Oxford University, so I imagine there will be another couple of volumes and I look forward to reading them.

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