Springfield Road (Paperback)

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Springfield Road is a journey into childhood in the late 1970s, a time of halfpenny sweets, fish and chips in newspaper, scrumping apples, and foraging for conkers. Set in the dawn of Thatcher's Britain, it's a salute to every curly-top, scabby knee'd, mixed-up, half-crazy kid with NHS glasses, free school dinners, and hand-me-downs, as told by the daughter of an Irish jazz musician and a Jamaican go-go dancer. It's about discovering that life is unfair, that there are bullies out there, and that parents die; yet it is the very antithesis of a misery memoir. It's a vivid, uplifting tale that seeks out the humor, color, and tenderness in the world, and when you read it you will say Hey! I remember, we did that too!  You might say: I remember being closer to the ground; I remember summers were longer and how oranges were bigger; I remember struggling to comprehend sex and war, life and death, heaven and hell, and perhaps you’ll say, I remember I missed my dad too.

About the Author

Salena Godden is a writer, poet and broadcaster who has been described as 'the doyenne of the spoken word scene' (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3's The Verb); 'the Mae West madam of the salon' (the Sunday Times) and as 'everything the Daily Mail is terrified of' (Kerrang! magazine). To mark twenty years of poetry and performance, a new collection Fishing In The Aftermath – Poems 1994-2014 will be published with Burning Eye Books in the summer of 2014. Her most recent documentary for BBC R4 was Try a Little Tenderness: The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks, which aired to rave reviews.

Praise For…

"Honest, grippingly readable, funny and uplifting." —Maggie Gee, author, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783520558
ISBN-10: 1783520558
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Pages: 272
Language: English