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Hardback The gift of a radio, my childhood and other train wrecks
Publication year: 2022
Media class: Hardback
Justin Webb's childhood was far from ordinary. Between his mother's un-diagnosed psychological problems, and his step-father's untreated ones, life at home was dysfunctional at best. But with gun-wielding school masters and sub-standard living conditions, Quaker boarding school wasn't much better. The backdrop to this coming of age story is Britain in the 1970s: Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Free; strikes, inflation and IRA bombings. A time in which attitudes towards mental illness, parenting and masculinity were worlds apart from the attitudes we have today. A society that believed itself to be close to the edge of breakdown. Candid, unsparing and darkly funny, Justin Webb's memoir is a portrait of personal and national dysfunction.
Couldn’t get past the first few pages. Not for me.