Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The necessary aptitude - Pam, Ayers

Pam Ayres  shot to fame after appearing on the TV talent progame opportunity knocks in the early 1970's.  Since then she has branched out into other things like radio 4 comedy shows just a minute and her own shows; Ayers on the Air and Potting On.

This book is a memoir of her time before she was famous. It is fascinating insight into life in the 1950's and 1960's.  Poverty and hardship are mixed with tales of the excitement of simple things and the joys of a simpler age.

Whereas some memoirs are a bit onesided and self serving, this is very honest about some of the cruel things Pam did as a child, usually to other children and her incompetence at her many jobs before she found her calling as  a poet.

It was interesting to find out that the Album the Free wheelin Bob Dylan, was hugely influential in sparking her love of words which led to her career as an entertainer.

I may be biased as I like her poems and stories - but in would recomend this book as a great read.

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