An Encyclopaedia of Myself

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LONGLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2014 'Nothing wilfully invented. Memory invents unbidden.' The 1950s were not grey. In Jonathan Meades's detailed, petit-point memoir they are luridly polychromatic. They were peopled by embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. Death went dogging everywhere. Salisbury, where he was brought up, had two industries: God and the Cold War, both of which provided a cast of adults for the child to scrutinise - desiccated God-botherers ...

An Encyclopaedia of Myself 2014, Fourth Estate Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781857028492

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