Still Life: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood

Still Life: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood


Still lifestyles: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood (the sub-title is necessary) was once first released in 1984. It gained the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Literary Biography in that yr. it's a vintage between middle-class memoirs. In twenty-one brief chapters town is vividly anatomized. So too are its citizens: meet Dr score and, better of all, meet the Limbury-Buses dwelling a lifetime of contented ossification.

'Cobb recollects, and that, in addition to his redeeming freedom from all traditional criteria of dignity and relevance, is what makes this offbeat, capricious booklet an extraordinary treasure'. John Carey, Sunday Times

'A amazing feat of constructing purest autobiography a part of a common, social history... Cobb has damaged one of many strangest silences in English social observation; at the lacking heritage of the English bourgeoisie'. Michael Neve, Times Literary Supplement

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