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Sages that I delighted in reading was the following Eileen s the author s maternal grandmother who was a free spirit and a feminist love of Virginia Woolf was all ncompassing It mbraced 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 Her cure for birds 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 "blackbird flying out of bosom Our grandmother 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 for 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 njoyed She has a knack for crafting the well turned phrase that conveys so much to the reader in terms of a person s Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus 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 of the most satisfying and uickest readingxperiences I ve had thus far this year HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Middle class family Church Bell Tolls explodes as parents cannot cope with their promiscuous drug taking daughters or their feminist not giving a shit mother in law Ultimately well written andnjoyable if a little self indulgent but does seem to completely miss the brief of being in some way connected to the Circle Line A token journey at the start just isn t Scraping By (Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia) enough and a tube journey towards thend doesn t Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror even bother to mention what line it was on Enjoyable tale of a girl s memory of 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 rushedabruptnding. Oane Suare South Kensington and Gloucester Road Lucy vokes the collision between conformism and bohemian xcess and the complicated class antipathies that flourished in that particular time and place In the The Womens Movement in Postcolonial Indonesia end we are left wondering is itver possible to scape or do we in our travels simply loop back on ourselv. Heads and Straights The Circle LineI ve never heard of the author Lucy Wadham before however this book is her vivid autobiographical account of growing up in Lucy Wadham before however this book is her vivid autobiographical account of growing up in 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 got the impression that Wadham is "and 80s discussing typical counter culture attitudes and the impact of Thatcherism and I got the impression that Wadham is 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 good people and straights bad people The fact that the heads are the ones who smoked marijuana should give some idea of the typical attitudes in the time when Wadham was growing upThe story focusses mainly on Wadham s family including her controlling Grandmother who decided to commit adultery in order to be granted a divorce and also talks at great length about her sister s heroin addiction While I found it to be an interesting read I felt that there wasn t nough xploration 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 fillerThis book is very short and can be read uickly overall I thought it was decent and would like read other books by the same writer Great uick read good 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 Heads and Straights is a fantastic novella detailing Lucy Wadham s family life growing 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 family 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 verything 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 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 girl brought up off the King's Road in the seventies when pun. .



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He story of the girls grandmother who wealth and marriage but reluctantly nters into it when she is given a riding school of own Desperate for a divorce she commits adultery given a riding school of her own Desperate for a divorce she commits adultery nds up with a daughter who is her xact opposite definitely a Straight while the girls and their grandmother are all Heads The story moves at a cracking pace discussing mental health drug use time in colonial Africa and the general problems of growing up specially when your father loses his business There are some sad moments "but overall the story is upbeat witty and nthralling I hadn t "overall the story is upbeat witty and nthralling I hadn t 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 If you are between 40 and 60 and spent any of your youth in London do read this very short memoire What a wonderful book goodness she writes well By the time I d read about 10 pages I was on ordering some of her other books Wonderful account of growing up in Chelsea in the late 70s Resonance of Suffering early 80s and a beautiful memoir of family relationships A lovely little book that follows the author s family tree I read it at one sitting in a Costa in Staines and thexcursion to 1970s Chelsea was very welcome Heavy on anecdotes which made me want to read them aloud to friends and plenty of characters who are indeed characters but no plot to speak of other than the unrolling of time Less like the Circle Line than the Metropolitan in the way it wanders around the place Recommended really The Last Circus and the Electrocution 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 growing up in chelsea with her four sisters and one brother and they are slightly posh slightly bohemian and kind of intellectual there are great bits about her sisters the sisters made me think of The Virgin Suicides and also about her grandma 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 great too Lucy Wadham offers here a rich and spicy recollection of her life among her parents colorful sistersccentric grandmother and uncles in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s One of the pas. K was in full bloom Her family comes in the wonderful tradition of English ccentrics In Heads and Straights she creates a funny moving account of a family ager to scape the confines of class Through interlocking tales of their xtravagant and often self destructive journeys away from the Circle line stops of Sl.