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Romany and Tom: A Memoir (Paperback)Ben Watt (author)
A moving, funny and beautifully written memoir by musician, DJ and writer Ben Watt which carefully chronicles his parents' lives, their marriage and their decline into old age
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, 2014
'Wise, moving and entertaining... a major achievement to rival any of Watt's recordings' - Guardian
'A poignant, life-affirming work' - Financial Times
Ben Watt's father, Tommy, was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician, a politicised left-wing bandleader and a composer. His heyday in the late fifties took him into the glittering heart of London’s West End, where he broadcast live with his own orchestra from the Paris Theatre and played nightly with his quintet at the the glamorous Quaglino's.
Ben's mother, Romany, the daughter of a Methodist parson, schooled at Cheltenham Ladies' College, was a RADA-trained Shakespearian actress, who had triplets in her first marriage before becoming a leading showbiz columnist in the.sixties and seventies. They were both divorcees from very different backgrounds who came together like colliding trains in 1957.
Both a personal journey and a portrait of his parents, Romany and Tom is a vivid story of the post-war years, ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, life in clubs and in care homes. It is also about who we are, where we come from, and how we love and live with each other for a long time.
'You know when everyone last month was going 'Ben Watt's Romany & Tom is amazing?' I've just read it. It really is' - Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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