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Philip Norman's family considered themselves genteel yet somehow became involved in the opportunistic world of seaside trade on the Isle of Wight. With masterly skill, Norman recreates his upbringing among this gallery of social misfits - his handsome but unstable father Clive, once a dashing RAF officer, now a reluctant showman at the end of Ryde Pier, his pub-owning Uncle Phil, who dresses as a woman every New Year's Eve, and his irresistible Grandma Norman who presides over her rock kiosk and rules the troubled family like a Mafia don. The year is 1953. While Britain celebrates the coronation, ten-year-old Philip watches disaster approach in his father's obsession with Joan, the Bronze Medal roller skating champion. Finally, he concocts a stratagem to win his parents' attention which explodes spectacularly in his face . . . Funny and poignant, Babycham Night evokes the joys and heartache of childhood, and takes the reader on a nostalgic trip back to a lost era, when the Isle of Wight was an exotic holiday location and Babycham the height of sophistication.

'Spellbinding memoir of a Fifties childhood by one of Britain's most stylish writers' Daily Mail

'Beautifully written . . . so vivid you can taste the teacakes' Time Out

'So richly vivid are his general recollections that practically every passing reference draws us deeper into a childhood world' Financial Times

Babycham night - Philip Norman

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Title
Babycham night - A Boyhood At The End Of The Pier
Author
Philip Norman
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Pan Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040507

Philip Norman's family considered themselves genteel yet somehow became involved in the opportunistic world of seaside trade on the Isle of Wight. With masterly skill, Norman recreates his upbringing among this gallery of social misfits - his handsome but unstable father Clive, once a dashing RAF officer, now a reluctant showman at the end of Ryde Pier, his pub-owning Uncle Phil, who dresses as a woman every New Year's Eve, and his irresistible Grandma Norman who presides over her rock kiosk and rules the troubled family like a Mafia don. The year is 1953. While Britain celebrates the coronation, ten-year-old Philip watches disaster approach in his father's obsession with Joan, the Bronze Medal roller skating champion. Finally, he concocts a stratagem to win his parents' attention which explodes spectacularly in his face . . . Funny and poignant, Babycham Night evokes the joys and heartache of childhood, and takes the reader on a nostalgic trip back to a lost era, when the Isle of Wight was an exotic holiday location and Babycham the height of sophistication.

'Spellbinding memoir of a Fifties childhood by one of Britain's most stylish writers' Daily Mail

'Beautifully written . . . so vivid you can taste the teacakes' Time Out

'So richly vivid are his general recollections that practically every passing reference draws us deeper into a childhood world' Financial Times

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Philip Norman is widely acclaimed as a chronicler of popular music and culture, and his definitive biographies of John Lennon, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly have been translated into numerous languages. He is also an award-winning writer of fiction and has written a memoir, Babycham Night.

Type
BOOK
Edition
Unabridged 0
Keyword Index
Authors, English - 20th century - Biography.|Isle of Wight (England) - Biography.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
330

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