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An Encyclopaedia of Myself

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LONGLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2014

‘A symphonic poem about postwar England and Englishness … A masterpiece’ Financial Times

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, drunks, suicides. Death went dogging everywhere. Salisbury had two industries: God and the Cold War. For the child, delight is to be found everywhere – in the intense observation of adult frailties, in landscapes and prepubescent sex, in calligraphy and in rivers.

This memoir is an engrossing portrait of a disappeared provincial England, a time and place unpeeled with gruesome relish.

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  • ISBN: 9781857029055
  • ISBN 10: 1857029054
  • Imprint: Fourth Estate
  • On Sale: 02/26/2015
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 17.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain

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