Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Necessary Aptitude by Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres is one of Britain's best-loved personalities, appearing regularly on TV and radio and performing on stage around the world. Her poetry collections are bestsellers.

Pam has a wonderful sense of humour and often includes wry and evocative anecdotes about her own life. Her autobiography briefly mentions her parents and grandparents, but mostly follows her childhood and early working life.

Growing up in a council house, the eight family members squashed together, in what was then Berkshire in the 1940s and 50s, Pam started her working life at fifteen. She really didn’t enjoy her jobs and wanted to travel so joined the Women’s Royal Air Force where she plotted aerial maps.

It wasn’t until she started going to folk clubs and playing music and reciting her poetry that she knew what she really wanted to do. Would it pay the bills? Her television appearance on a talent show in the 1970s changed her life, and the rest as they say is history.

Writing with her usual mix of good humour and poignancy, Pam’s autobiography is a classic memoir of a post-war country childhood in the vein of Cider with Rosie.

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