Press "Enter" to skip to content

An Encyclopaedia of Myself by Jonathan Meades

By Jonathan Meades

"Nothing wilfully invented. reminiscence invents unbidden.' The Fifties weren't gray. In Jonathan Meades's exact, petit-point memoir they're luridly polychromatic. They have been peopled through embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. loss of life went dogging in all places.

Salisbury, the place he was once cited, had industries: God and the chilly conflict, either one of which supplied a forged of adults for the kid to scrutinise – desiccated God-botherers at the one hand, gung-ho chemical warriors at the different.

The identify is grossly misguided. This booklet is, fairly, a portrait of a disappeared provincial England, a time and position unpeeled with grotesque savour.

Show description

Read Online or Download An Encyclopaedia of Myself PDF

Similar memoir books

Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels Through America

What starts as a street journey via the USA quickly turns into a trip of discovery into themselves and into the guts of the next-door neighbour they idea they knew. For Wayne Grady, the fun of panorama and heritage is tempered by means of stories of racism and his family roots. Merilyn Simonds, her ear tuned for the offbeat, reveals curious echoes of the ex-pat promised land she grew up with.

No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife

Raised as a military brat, Angie Ricketts idea she knew what she was once in for while she eloped with Darrin—then an infantry lieutenant—on the eve of his deployment to Somalia. due to the fact that point, Darrin, now a colonel, has been deployed 8 instances, serving 4 excursions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More Fool Me: A Memoir

Stephen Fry invitations readers to take a glimpse at his lifestyles tale within the unputdownable extra idiot Me.

It is a heady story of the past due Eighties and early Nineties, within which Stephen - ever extra pushed to create, practice and entertain - burned vivid and partied tough with a bunch of recognized and notorious acquaintances, whatever the consequences.

This electrical and outstanding ebook finds a brand new part to Mr Fry.

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comic, actor, presenter and director. He rose to repute along Hugh Laurie in a little bit Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and used to be unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. He additionally offered Stephen Fry: the key lifetime of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disease, to very large severe acclaim. His legions of fanatics track in to monitor him host the preferred quiz exhibit QI each one week

The Distancers: An American Memoir

Within the Distancers, seven generations worthy of pleasure and heartache is artfully solid right into a relatives portrait that's immediately universally American but singularly Lee Sandlin's personal. From the 19th century German immigrants who settled on a small Midwestern farm, to the proud and upright aunts and uncles with whom Sandlin spent the summers of his adolescence, a complete heritage of quiet ambition and stoic pride--of successes, mess ups, and particularly endurance--leaps off the web page in a sweeping American kinfolk epic.

Additional info for An Encyclopaedia of Myself

Sample text

Thus they know more than he does about various episodes, except for the tragic event itself. They are reluctant to tell their friend what they know for fear of arousing the terrible anguish he experienced at the time of the event and immediately following it. Above all, they may wish to keep from him the malign comments of certain sections of the press (especially if he is someone 'well known'), as well as the reactions of other people and perhaps in particular the silence of certain close friends.

I also consulted specialists in pharmacology and medical biology on important points. Naturally, I read most of the articles which appeared in the press at the time of my wife's murder, in France and in other countries where I am known. I could see that the press behaved very properly', with a few rare exceptions (their motives being clearly political). Thus I did what no one else has either wanted or been able to do before: I gathered together and collated all the available 'information' as if it related to someone else, and looked at it in the light of my own experience and vice versa.

The grey light of a November morning - it was almost nine o'clock on Sunday the sixteenth filtered through the tall window to the left, on to the end of the bed. The window was framed by a pair of very old Empire red curtains which had hung there a long time, tattered with age and burnt by the sun. Helene, also in a dressing-gown, lay before me on her back. Her pelvis was resting on the edge of the bed, her legs dangled on the carpet. Kneeling beside her, leaning across her body, I was massaging her neck.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.31 of 5 – based on 32 votes