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Gloucester Crescent

Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups
Narrated by: Robbie Scotcher
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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Gloucester Crescent is a curving, leafy street tucked between Camden Town and Primrose Hill, filled with the sound of clacking typewriters and children playing. It's unremarkable in many ways, unless you notice the lady in the van outside one house and the familiar-looking residents crossing the road.... 

Written through the eyes of a growing child, this is the story of a very particular family and their circle of brilliant, idealistic and intellectual friends in London in the '60s, '70s and '80s. We follow William through the ups and downs of childhood, as he explores the back gardens and homes of his famous neighbours, attends dramatic rehearsals with his dad, Jonathan Miller, fails exams and is bullied at school, gets drugs from the philosopher A. J. Ayer's wife, and tries to watch the moon landing with Alan Bennett and a room full of writers. 

Hilarious and at times heartbreaking, this is also about how we grow up and move on - and what happens when we come back. Not only a picture of an extraordinary time in Britain's cultural history - and a hitherto unseen portrait of some of the brightest minds of a generation - this book tells the funny, tender and moving story of a young boy trying to find his own identity.

©2018 William Miller (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Very interesting read

Enjoyed this very much. Loved the real characters and and life through Williams formative years

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Poor little privileged boy

I wanted to read this book because I loved Nina Stibbe's warm and humorous account of life in Gloucester Crescent. I am also, I confess, a huge admirer of most of its current and former residents. As a working class woman who grew up a long, long way (in every sense) from the crescent and its high-achieving residents, it is hard to sympathise with William Miller, a grown-up who seethes with resentment about his parents' using him as a guinea pig in a socialist experiment (his view) whilst not acknowledging the debt his very successful and lucrative career owes to the same parents' contacts. Get over yourself William; you did very nicely out of it. Why you stopped short of calling this Daddy Dearest, I have no clue. At least Joan Crawford's daughter had a narcissistic to live with and expose in her book. Your dad sounds like a bit of a curmudgeon. Jeez, most of us would have LOVED Jonathan Miller as a dad.

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Surprised myself

By how caught up in this I became. It was a very touching homage to childhood memories, embarrassing incidents, joy and sadness. I could see each person (although many are well known) and them climbing over walls and being a community. It’s a genuinely great book to listen to. Shame the author didn’t read it.