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Heads and Straights The Circle Line

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From Lucy Wadham the bestselling author of The Secret Life of France an autobiographical tale of bohemians punk the King's Road in the 1970s and family part of a series of twelve books tied to the twelve lines of the London Underground Lucy is a Chelsea girl brought up off the King's Road in the seventies when pun Lucy Wadham offers here a rich and spicy recollection of her life among her parents colorful sisters eccentric grandmother and uncles in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s One of the passages that I delighted in reading was the following“Eileen’s the author’s maternal grandmother who was a free spirit and a feminist love of Virginia Woolf was all encompassing It embraced not only the woman’s work but also her prejudices the championing of Art above Commerce and the belief in Beauty as a portal to Truth She passed on Woolf’s love of nature to us teaching us the names of trees and flowers an old world knowledge that would make us ridiculous to future boyfriends Her cure for birds that fell from their nests was a short spell in her bra I’ll never forget the sight of a revived baby blackbird flying out of her bosom “ Our grandmother’s Edwardian English made us sueal with laughter When we were with her pronunciation seemed to be a constant trap lying in wait for us However you thought something should be pronounced for Gran it was the opposite The mountain range should be pronounced ‘Himarlias’ with the accent on the second syllable You were supposed to pronounce necessarily and customarily and all the ‘airily’ words with the stress on the first syllable and when she read to us she would roll her ‘r’s’ say nardays for nowadays and whenever for whenever”This is the second Lucy Wadham book that I've read and enjoyed She has a knack for crafting the well turned phrase that conveys so much to the reader in terms of a person's emotional state her older sister Fly's struggles with a heroin addiction the atmosphere in a club in Chelsea or the large house in Kensington where Wadham lived with a host family whose head was a peer in the House of Lords At 95 pages Heads and Straights represents one of the most satisfying and uickest reading experiences I've had thus far this year HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Oane Suare South Kensington and Gloucester Road Lucy evokes the collision between conformism and bohemian excess and the complicated class antipathies that flourished in that particular time and place In the end we are left wondering is it ever possible to escape or do we in our travels simply loop back on ourselv If you are between 40 and 60 and spent any of your youth in London do read this very short memoire

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K was in full bloom Her family comes in the wonderful tradition of English eccentrics In Heads and Straights she creates a funny moving account of a family eager to escape the confines of class Through interlocking tales of their extravagant and often self destructive journeys away from the Circle line stops of Sl really enjoyed this little book that is part of the 'Penguin Lines' series which makes links with different london underground lines this one is about the circle line kind ofthe author writes about growing up in chelsea with her four sisters and one brother and they are slightly posh slightly bohemian and kind of intellectual there are great bits about her sisters the sisters made me think of The Virgin Suicides and also about her grandma who knew virginia woolf her crazy uncle who did too much acid in San Francisco and about marrying french men lovely writing style that reminded me a bit of Esther Freud and the design and cover photo are great too

  • Paperback
  • 112
  • Heads and Straights The Circle Line
  • Lucy Wadham
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
  • 9781846146398

About the Author: Lucy Wadham

Lucy Wadham is a British writer of crime and thriller novels but her most widely reviewed work is her autobiographical account of her life in FranceWadham was born in London in 1964 and educated at Magdalen College Oxford She has worked as a news assistant at the BBC Paris bureau since 1989 She is currently a freelance journalist and regularly contributes to The Independent The Spectator an