It was a phrase my father liked to use. Whenever something required rueful acknowledgment or cheerful assent, “too true” would be his response.’
Storytelling is the means by which we make sense of the world. The stories and essays collected here – some invented, some autobiographical, all of them grounded in fact – explore the boundaries between the real and the imaginary. They range from fantasy (to what lengths will a father go in order to recover his son’s stolen bike?), through autobiography (as Blake recalls his thwarted career as a footballer, and reflects on the North-South divide), to critical appreciations of Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Alan Bennett and Angela Carter. The title essay looks at the rise of Life Writing and its place in the confessional culture of Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Springer.
A collection of stories and essays examining childhood, relationships between men and women, and assorted aspects of English life and letters.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Language English
- ISBN: 1862072426 Buy Online
- Readership: General
- Edition: New ed
- Genre: Biography & Autobiography
- Secondary genre: General