The Year In Books ~ This Boy by Alan Johnson


Better late than never here I am with my November read for The Year in Books. This Boy by Alan Johnson is just the sort of book I am unlikely to read. I hardly ever read autobiographies, I dislike tales of grim childhoods and I never ever read books by politicians, even ones I agree with. However, I read Jane's post  and was persuaded to try it. I am so glad I did. An immensely readable memoir of growing up very poor in 1950s London. Recommended.

As for October's read that has been consigned to my 'must finish one day' pile. A shockingly large pile I have to say.

So, what else has been happening around here? Well, as you may have noticed I am still failing to take photos of food hence the lack of 'In My Kitchen' posts. Sorry about that. 

I have been knitting but again failing to take photos of said knitting. I finished a sock. Must knit another one I suppose. 

My mum has requested some fingerless mitts for her arthriticky old hands so I must get on with those when I can pin her down to a yarn choice.

George came home unexpectedly last weekend for a visit which was nice. I'd forgotten how much space he takes up. He seems to be enjoying student life.

Halloween was very low key this year. Katie carved a pumpkin and I made it into soup and cake.
Guy Fawkes has become less important too although it is a useful reminder that it must be time to make my Christmas cake.





Comments

  1. I am always looking for something new to read, on average 1 book a week and I have just ordered a copy, thank you for recommending it Sue x

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  2. And I see he has a second volume of memoirs just out. I will definitely give 'This Boy' a go - the magnificent style of Alan Clark's memoirs leaves me well-disposed toward books by UK politicians.

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  3. I have just received a decluttering book, to clutter up my shelves. It's called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. I will let you know if my life changes. Meanwhile I put out a charity bag of clothes for collection and it didn't get collected, but got wet instead.

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  4. Anonymous2:10 pm GMT

    I don't like Jane's other 'required reading suggestions' not out of all that is available to read certainly, so I don't think I will take her up on this either. I am also not so middle class that I don't realise there are people who were poor then and yes in some cases just as poor now. In other words it is preaching to the converted.

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    1. We bloggers can only write from where we stand.

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  5. I've just finished Revenge by Martina Cole, certainly not high brow, but hey, I liked it...Nigel Slater Eat came home from the library with me today.......

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  6. I feel so brain dead lately, that I've reverted to reading children's books. But hey, they're better than a lot of adult books out there. And yes, isn't it amazing how much space one's children take up when they come home after having been away at university.

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  7. Yes, it's always a good idea to knit 2 socks!

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  8. I'm trying a new approach to socks by knitting two at a time on a large circular needles. Tricky but I'm getting the hang of it.

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    1. Aha, I have heard of this wizardry.

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  9. I am a huge fan of good non-fiction, so will look at this one, but I also feel I need to force my brain to sit down and learn to love fiction again. It used to be my main joy in life, and I don't quite know what changed.

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  10. Picked up Thin Air from the library today and cannot wait ti start reading...
    Your house will seem quite big when George goes back to uni. My house still seems to be shrinking- the SmallBeans are growing faster than I can clothe them and the boat is still in my sitting room.
    Happy weekend to you Ax

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  11. Sue, what I truly admire about this post is you way of letting the rest us us actually have a glimpse into what is Really Going On. Isn't that how we bloggers who click here and there actually do find a connection?

    Well, I think so.

    All this week, I kept thinking about buying potatoes, onions, kale and bacon to make your recipe winner that I've got on a notepad page. The weather got just that little bit warmer around here and so I postponed that purchase. I admit that the bacon was the most difficult to postpone. I did used onions, potatoes, butter, parsley, dill seed, pepper, cream and a crumble of OXO to make myself soup lunches several times this week. And thought of you.

    Reading wise, I've managed to finished my books and return them to the library on time. Now, when my eyes aren't on some knitting or...right here on the laptop screen, I have been catching up on the remarkable collection of writing to be found each week in The New Yorker magazine, as I travel underground on the subway.\

    Well, Sue, that is my textured comment to your marvelous post. xo

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  12. U are like my surrogate mum n i love looking up to u. Love DZ

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  13. I find memoirs almost impossible to read and enjoy, even if I like or admire the subject of the autobiography. There is something intrinsically uncomfortable to me about reading what someone has written about themselves. A bit daft I suppose as blogging is in a way similar to autobiography, but there you go, I never claimed to be logical! X

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  14. I managed to avoid halloween altogether this year... result! I just can't be convinced it looks real enough in this country...

    Christmas cake? urgh... can't be convinced of that either.

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  15. Sue,

    I'm really glad you enjoyed the book. Anonymous is free to say what s/he likes about my reading recommendations, but I don't know why s/he feels the need to air his/her views on your blog!

    Jane

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