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

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Trading Address (Warehouse) Unit E, Vulcan Business Complex, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EB. Melvyns reflections are vivid and he portrays with eloquence his feelings and emotions of what was often a challenging and difficult time.

It transforms from a list of familial facts to a life story filled with the richness of those around him and the love of his family, hometown, and the vast assorted characters who populated his young life. I can't hope to capture, in the space I have here, this book's extraordinary geography, let alone its strange, inchoate beauty: the way that Bragg, in his struggle fully to explain his meaning, so often hits on something wise and even numinous (when he does, it's as if a bell sounds).The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. His years in the 6th form, his first love, and how he got to Oxford, or nearly didn't, rivetting stuff. 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. Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition.

When I was at Oxford, I remember writing, out of nowhere, a long short story, but was too shy to send it anywhere. 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. There arises a conflict between the wishes of his parents and the possibility of his continuing his studies.Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer View image in fullscreen ‘Pulling pints is a little knack’: Melvyn Bragg photographed in London, February 2023. I gradually realised my “grandmother” was not my grandmother, my “uncles” were not my uncles… I massively regret that I didn’t ask some of the older people, later on: what really happened?

The whole community took pride and pleasure in the author’s achievements and he gives us some insight into the challenge of “thinking” himself into the role of elite scholar. It feels a bit random and at times rambling , though, and I skim read the last few chapters as he goes into microscopic detail of his path to Oxford. My father's mother had pretensions of grandeur while my mother came from a family of miners and steelworkers. Melvyn Bragg's first ever memoir - an elegiac, intimate account of growing up in post-war Cumbria, which vividly evokes a vanished world. As a young boy growing up in rooms above his parents’ pub, we see that what he has achieved is praiseworthy.Wonderful evocation of a long gone time when Melvyn was growing up in the forties and fifties in Cumbria . A charming account of a lost era, full of details and often lyrical descriptions of people and places .

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