If you didn 't know whether to risk doing something, what 's the worst that could happen' So they call you pisher! ' In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave "the Party." Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery- running away to march against the bomb at Aldermaston, writing and performing in experimental political theatre and getting arrested during the 1968 movements.
Adolescent Musings from the Hit BBC Radio 4 Series
Author: Harriet Jaine
Publisher: Random House
Category: Performing Arts
Ever wanted to pick the lock of a celebrity’s teenage diary? My Teenage Diary is a Radio 4 comedy show hosted by Rufus Hound featuring celebrities reading and discussing extracts from their teenage diaries. Collected together for the first time, these tear-stained, lipstick-smudged, adolescent ramblings form the backbone of this book, edited by series producer, Harriet Jaine. Featuring diary extracts from Terry Wogan, Alex Horne, Robert Peston, Rachel Johnson, Meera Syal, Sheila Hancock, Robert Webb and many more, these diaries give us a wealth of brilliant material - from the funny and ridiculous, via the poignant, pretentious and philosophical, down to the extremely embarrassing.
Joseph Clayton (1868-1943) wrote this short memoir of his dear friend of fourteen years (p. 9) shortly after Father Dolling's death. Dolling's account of the work at Portsmouth was published. Whilst Ten Years tells the story of the Irish High Church slum-priest's incredible devotion to the poor people of Landport, this memoir encourages the reader to understand all Dolling's work and also his views on politics; the theatre and literature; the Boer War, including soldiers pay; his 'methods' with drunk Vicars; and even the issues of water supply to East London. Therefore, this short Memoir is more than a memorial to the deceased Father Dolling, it provides insights into many aspects of late Victorian city life and attitudes to a wide range of topics.
"The AIDS virus is not a political creature. It does not care whether you are Democrat or Republican. It does not ask whether you are Black or White, male or female, gay or straight, young or old. Tonight I represent an AIDS community whose members have been reluctantly drafted from every segment of American society." So said Mary Fisher in her historic speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention. My Name Is Mary chronicles the emotional events leading up to and following this momentous evening. In a memoir that exhibits the same grace and unflinching honesty that moved the nation, Mary Fisher shares the story of her life. Raised in a socially prominent, affluent Michigan family, Mary Fisher seemed to have it all. She socialized with important and often famous friends and eventually married a handsome artist with whom she had two sons. Although the marriage ended in divorce, Mary continued to thrive in her roles as mother and artist. However, in 1991 Mary's world was turned upside down by the news from her ex-husband that he had AIDS. An HIV test revealed that Mary, too, was infected. Terrified, struggling against fear, depression, and anger, Mary ultimately found a new life mission in her positive status—she began to educate others about the need for compassion and activism in the face of this epidemic. Her unspoken motto is powerful—one person can, indeed, make a difference. Whether describing her difficult childhood, reflecting on raising her two sons, discussing her evolution as an artist, or explaining her coping mechanisms for survival, My Name Is Mary is warm, caring, and inspirational—like Mary Fisher herself.
Yvonne Pierre?s journey from the depths of despair to an awakening of soul and spirit, has been a long and difficult one. From sexual abuse, excessive drinking, failing in school, having a child while still a teenager, unable to get a job, having a second child with Down syndrome, gaining excessive weight and allowing herself to no longer care about how she looked ? the painful pattern of all types of abuse seemed endless. Until one day, when Yvonne?s soul cried. She began to see that how she perceived her life and the attitudes she had, were crippling her as much as all her bad habits and the ugly things that happened to her. The realization that through forgiveness of others and most importantly, herself, would prove to be her path to new confidence, new attitude, a joy and love of life and God, and a profound hope that by sharing her story, others may find the courage and strength to do what Yvonne has done.