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Swing Sideways gEnjoyable tale of airl s memory of The Secret of the Great Pyramid growing up in London with her rebellious sisters Docked a star for not REALLY having much to say about the circle line And uite a rushedabrupt ending Lucy Wadham offers here a rich and spicy recollection of her life among her parents colorful sisters eccentricrandmother 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 randmother who was a free spirit and a feminist maternal randmother who was a free spirit and a feminist 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 randmother 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 "should be pronounced 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 whose head was a peer in the House of Lords At 95 pages Heads and Straights represents one the most satisfying and uickest reading experiences I ve had thus far this year HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A lovely little book that follows the author s family tree I read it at one sitting in a Costa in Staines and the exc If you are between 40 and. 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 irl brought up off the King's Road in the seventies when pun. .
Lucy Wadham ✓ 8 Read & DownloadY of the Sharpes Trafalgar girlsrandmother who shuns wealth and marriage but reluctantly enters into it when she is iven a riding school of her own Desperate for a divorce she commits adultery and
ends up with a daughter who is her exact opposite definitely a Straight while the irlsup with a daughter who is her exact opposite definitely a Straight while the His To Protect girls theirrandmother are all Heads The story moves
a cracking discussing mental health drug use time in colonial Africa and the eneral problems of rowing up especially when your father loses his business There are some sad moments but overall the story is upbeat witty and enthralling I hadn t heard of Lucy Wadham prior to this book but if she writes about her family I will line up to be the first to buy ithttpsamstillreadingwordpresscom I ve never heard of the author Lucy Wadham before however this book is her vivid autobiographical account of rowing up in Chelsea and I found myself compelled to keep reading The book is part of a series celebrating 150 years of the London Underground although this one makes very little reference to it aside when she talks about her trips from Gloucester Road to King s CrossThis book paints a vivid picture of Britain in the 70s and 80s discussing typical counter culture attitudes and the impact of Thatcherism and I ot the impression that Wadham is somewhat left wing in her political views mostly from her anger at the late Margaret Thatcher The title comes from the views that there are two types of people heads Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? good people and straights bad people The fact that the heads are the ones who smoked marijuana shouldive some idea of the typical attitudes in the time when Wadham was Catwoman growing upThe story focusses mainly on Wadham s family including her controlling Grandmother who decided to commit adultery in order to beranted a divorce and also talks at reat length about her sister s heroin addiction While I found it to be an interesting read I felt that there wasn t enough exploration of the author s own feelings and times it felt like she was just observing her family from the outside One chapter regarding her family s life in colonial Africa felt almost like fillerThis book is very short and can be read uickly overall I thought it was decent and would like to read other books by the same writer. 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. ,at a cracking
60 and spent any of your youth in London do read this very short memoire Great uick read ood accompaniment to Viv Albertine s memoir Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys though there s less of all three in this which is really just a snapshot of a time and place Middle class family explodes as parents cannot cope with their promiscuous drug taking daughters or their feminist not iving a shit mother in law Ultimately well written and enjoyable if a
little self indulgent but does seem to completely miss the brief ofself indulgent but does seem to completely
MISS THE BRIEF OF IN SOMEthe brief of in some connected to the Circle Line A token journey at the start just isn t enough and a tube journey towards the end doesn t even bother to mention what line it was on 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 rowing up in chelsea with her four sisters and one brother and they are slightly posh slightly bohemian and kind of intellectual there are Langlais correct pour les Nuls great bits about her sisters the sisters made me think of The Virgin Suicides and also about herrandma 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 Constantly Craving great too What a wonderful bookoodness she writes well By the time I d read about 10 pages I was on ordering some of her other books Wonderful account of rowing up in Chelsea in the late 70s early 80s and a beautiful memoir of family relationships Heads and Straights is a fantastic novella detailing Lucy Wadham s family life rowing up in Chelsea with her sisters in the 1970s It s semi autobiographical the names of her sisters are different but I m not sure about the content It s almost as though the are different but I m not sure about the content It s almost as though the story is so outlandish that you couldn t make it up Anyway it really doesn t matter as the story is fascinatingThe sisters are into everything such as punk and being as non Chelsea like as they possibly can drugs protests Mockney accents Each of the sisters could have their own full length novel about their antics What is just as fascinating is the stor. 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.