Back in the Day
In this captivating memoir, Melvyn Bragg recalls growing up in the Cumbrian market town of Wigton, from his early childhood during the war to the moment he had to decide between staying on or spreading his wings.
It is equally the tale of the people and place that formed him. Bragg indelibly portrays his parents and local characters from pub regulars to vicars, teachers and hardmen, and vividly captures the community-spirited northern town – steeped in the old ways but on the cusp of post-war change. A poignant elegy to a vanished era as well as the
glories of the Lake District, Back in the Day illuminates what made Melvyn Bragg the writer, broadcaster and champion of the arts he is today.
“In Back in the Day, Bragg revisits and reflects on his life spent in the Cumbrian market town of Wigton during the 1940s and 50s,. “It is the tale of a working-class boy who grew up in a pub and expected to leave school at 15. It covers Melvyn Bragg’s early years alone with his mother while his father fought in the war, the chronic breakdown he experienced when he was 13 and the love of books that saved him, the joys of first romance, and his journey to winning a scholarship at Oxford to study Modern History. It is equally the tale of the people and place that formed him.
“Bragg indelibly portrays his parents and local characters, from pub regulars to vicars, teachers and hardmen, and vividly captures the community-spirited northern town, steeped in the old ways but on the cusp of post-war change.”
Described by the publisher as a poignant elegy to a vanished era as well as the glories of the Lake District… it illuminates what made him the writer, broadcaster and champion of the arts he is today”.
Bragg says “This is about my life from the age of six to 18 in the middle of the last century at a time which now seems like another country. It is as vivid to me today as it was back then. This is why I wanted to write this memoir.”
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