My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall (Paperback)John Major (author)
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Shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize; former prime minister John Major takes a remarkable journey into his own unconventional family past to tell the story of the British music hall.
John Major shares memories of his performer father Tom and then shines the spotlight on the story of the music hall itself, from its Victorian heyday to its demise.
In this fond look back at characters such as Marie Lloyd, Little Tich and Vesta Tilley, these faded stars take their place in the limelight once more.
Packed with colourful anecdotes, `My Old Man' is a warm-hearted account of a golden and bygone age.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
`An uncommon book about one of the most extraordinary, vital and creative chapters in British theatrical history admiration ... Major also nobly honours his parents and the life they lived. The affection is palpable and anything but pious. In short, he gets it' Simon Callow, Guardian
`Affectionate, charming and unexpectedly lively ... Major paints a vivid picture ... to read this richly enjoyable book is to be given a glimpse into a lost world' Mail on Sunday
`Entertaining and well-paced ... My Old Man is a powerful and affecting tribute' Daily Express
`His deep affection for his parents inspires his finest writing...fascinating ... My Old Man is an entertaining and intriguing potted history, full of quirky details about this quintessentially English phenomenon' Independent
`Entertaining, fascinating and written with love....the admiration that John feels for his father is palpable on every page' Sunday Express