Paperboy Christopher Fowler s memoir captures life in suburban London as it has rarely been seen through the eyes of a lonely boy who spends his days between the library and the cinema devouring novels comic

  • Title: Paperboy
  • Author: Christopher Fowler
  • ISBN: 9780553820096
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christopher Fowler s memoir captures life in suburban London as it has rarely been seen through the eyes of a lonely boy who spends his days between the library and the cinema, devouring novels, comics, cereal packets anything that might reveal a story.Caught between an ever sensible but exhausted mother and a DIY obsessed father fighting his own demons, Christopher takesChristopher Fowler s memoir captures life in suburban London as it has rarely been seen through the eyes of a lonely boy who spends his days between the library and the cinema, devouring novels, comics, cereal packets anything that might reveal a story.Caught between an ever sensible but exhausted mother and a DIY obsessed father fighting his own demons, Christopher takes refuge in words His parents try to understand their son s peculiar obsessions, but fast lose patience with him and each other The war of nerves escalates to include every member of the Fowler family, and something has to give, but does it mean that a boy must always give up his dreams for the tough lessons of real life Beautifully written, this rich and astute evocation of a time and a place recalls a childhood at once entertainingly eccentric and endearingly ordinary.

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    1. I have to confess that I have never read any of Christopher Fowler’s fiction. His early books didn’t appeal; his Bryant & May series sounds wonderful, but I haven’t quite got to it yet. So when I saw the man’s name on the literary fiction bookshelf in the library, I picked the book up out of general curiosity, just to see what it was about. I didn’t mean to borrow it, but as I scanned the early pages a few simple sentences caught my eye.“My bedroom was filled with reading materia [...]

    2. Paperboy is a memoir that goes in-depth through the life of an introvert young child. Readers get the experience to be swept through the nostalgia of 20th century London in vibrant descriptions and vivid people. Fowler's book is at times hilarious, at times serious at at times just innocent and filled with the imagination of childhood.

    3. Stephen King once said that one of the questions he is most frequently asked is "Where do you get your ideas?" As an occasional short story writer, I now realise that ideas can come from pretty much anywhere, although much of what I write does have a personal element to it. However, even having a rough answer from my own experience doesn't stop me wanting to find out how others would answer the same question, as it can be different for us all. Particularly when one of my favourite and criminally [...]

    4. For some reason the library where I work recently received this memoir despite owning none of the author's novels. I picked it up because I liked the cover, and it had been a while since I'd read anything but fiction. Fowler is a wonderful writer, and I related very much to his childhood passion for reading as an escape from isolation and intense family tension. Surprisingly, I also learned a great deal about British post-war cultural attitudes from this book that I had never really understood b [...]

    5. I was surprised to enjoy this a fraction less than the later Film Freak, given that this phase of Fowler's memoirs focusses on his childhood and on his love of books and writing, although the films come into it too. Still enjoyable and funny, and life in the Fowler household is just too sour for the nostalgia to become a cosy wallow. Exemplifies 'quiet desperation'.There are wry footnotes for those not 'privileged' to share the personal history by dint of being the other side of the Atlantic or [...]

    6. I loved this book and feel like anyone who loves reading and writing should devour it. Christopher Fowler may not the most well-known author in the UK but I think he is an extremely gifted writer who has honed his craft for many decades. Not only is the book sharply observed and witty, there is also a deep emotional core that manages to resonate without being melodramatic or cheap. This was a very inspiring book for me.

    7. Loved this memoir of Fowlers early years. if you grew up in the 1950s and 60s this is a wonderful memory jogger of a book who loved books so much he grew up to write them! If you are a little younger - oh! what things you will find out!! Recommended.

    8. This is the third consecutive book I have read by Christopher Fowler - and all have been very different. Paperboy is a memoir of Christopher Fowler's childhood in suburban London during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a lonely boy who spent his days between the library and the cinema, whilst devouring novels and comics.His family was very dysfunctional: a curious combination of the entertainingly eccentric, wilfully self-defeating and endearingly ordinary. Christopher Fowler perfectly captures the g [...]

    9. Christopher Fowler grows up in a sixties household, on streets where there are no cars, and double bills play at the cinema. His father fails to patch up the house repeatedly, is still attached to his mother’s razor-sharp apron strings, and doesn’t approve of his son’s ‘imagination’. His mother is quietly brave and let’s Christopher hide under the table, reading War and Peace to the cat to stop him having to go hold up a car, or a motorcycle, or other activity designed to toughen him [...]

    10. A memoir of a book-loving boy growing up in England back in the 1950s & 1960s, when putting salt on your crisps passed for entertainment. The food, the pastimes, the family dysfunctions, the being gay, the mivvis, the toys and games. It brought back memories, made me smile and it made my heart bleed."I was not allowed to mix with the kids from the next street because they lived above shops and were therefore 'common'. My mother had a peculiar sense of what constituted commonness. Heinz Baked [...]

    11. I read this book in a few days. Chris grows up in the 50's and uses books and movies as an escapism from his family life. I loved reading about his relationship with his parents and how it influenced and shaped him.I struggled slightly with the long descriptions of British movies and film and some of the books. I grew up in the 70's and 80's in Gemany so none of these were familiar to me. I found myself skipping some of these pages to get back to Chris's description of his family life.I did enjo [...]

    12. This is Christopher Fowler's memoirs of growing up in suburban London in the 1950's and 1960's, it was quite entertaining and brought back some nice memories of a way of life that is not that long ago that was not digital, no Internet or fast food or 24 hour telly (just three TV channels, but always something to watch!) Childhood entertainment was a book, a toy or a board game and the highlight of the week was a visit to the local library or to a local newsagent to buy a comic and some sweets. T [...]

    13. This has nostalgia value and describes marvellously the effect books can have on certain sorts of children (I was a bit like that too), but if it's a representative example of Christopher Fowler's writing then it does little to encourage me to read his works of fiction. The book was allowed to ramble on long after the point had been amply made, and if one's own precocious childhood reading and film-absorbing hadn't involved the same titles Fowler read and saw, then chunks of the book are mildly [...]

    14. This is the finest memoir of a young person I have read in many many years . probably ever. It's about a young man's development as a writer and the hardships and joys of a most uncommon young life. Throughout the book Mr Fowler offers guidance and advice to potential writers most often through the words of his mother and finally from himself at the end of this book His relationship with his father is sad but honestly told.

    15. Being of an age and from the same era as the author, page after page struck a chord with his recollections of things long forgotten. I was immediately hooked. Add to this the details of his family life and times as well as his emotional detachment from his dad and sort of reunion in the final 3 or 4 chapters and his own gradual realisations. Excellent

    16. Picked this up as I initially thought that the picture on the cover was me!.I enjoyed the book in parts but what started off as a cultural trip down memory lane ( I didn't need any of the footnote explanations) turned into a darker story of family relationships and went from a light tone to quite dark and dropped down the enjoyment scale.

    17. Chris's autobiography is funny as hell while also being bittersweet and moving. A love affair with books shapes the narrative and the true stories and the stories that mattered around the truths are brilliantly intertwined.

    18. Well this was the first book of my new book clubm what can I say? Interesting. Not the kind of book I would usually ead. For me I there was a lot of social history, which I love. But I found the the mother and father to be really tragice others found them hilarious!

    19. Being close to the author's age, this book hit many key memories. It was great to share his memories, reminiscing, remembering, and agreeing with his opinions which are also my own. It was like talking to a brother.

    20. excellent well written account of a boy growing up in 70s.commend especially for the memories it brings back of things such as vesta packet food, chopper bikes etc

    21. Very very English after the war, when growing up in London was dreary and tough. Fowler is at all times funny and insightful. Sometimes he does go on a bit about British radio shows I'll never see.

    22. Enjoyable read and made me laugh. It was interesting to read about London in the 50s / 60s. Overall I liked it.

    23. This book is smashing. A tour de force down memory lane. You can feel Christopher Fowler's passion for his youth and the things he got up to. May I give it six stars?

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