Stalin Ate My Homework (Paperback)Alexei Sayle (author)
'Fascinating and hugely entertaining' Daily Telegraph
'It's not like other comedians' memoirs. It's funny' Guardian
THE SAYLES MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE ONLY JEWISH ATHEIST COMMUNIST FAMILY IN LIVERPOOL, BUT ALEXEI KNEW FROM AN EARLY AGE THAT THEY WERE ONE OF THE MORE ECCENTRIC.
Born on the day egg rationing came to an end, Alexei was the only child of Joe, an affable trade unionist who led the family on railway expeditions across eastern Europe, and Molly, a hot-tempered red-head who terrified teachers and insisted Alexei see the Red Army Choir instead of the Beatles.
Perceptive and hilarious, this is a portrait of a family, a city, a country and a continent going through enormous changes.
'Sayle's book has charm and substance, both as memoir and history' Times Literary Supplement
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 199 x 170 x 22 mm
As strange and fascinating as any fiction . . . This would be excellent even if it weren't by someone famous * The Times *
'Fascinating and hugely entertaining' * Telegraph *
Sayle's book has charm and substance, both as memoir and history. * Times Literary Supplement *
'A great memoir of a strange childhood. "Just let me read you this bit" funny.' * Frank Cottrell Boyce *
'The brilliant satires on modern life of Alexei Sayle (the only comedian worth his salt as a novelist) are contemporary gems.' * Tim Lott, Independent *
'This touching, elegantly written memoir stands out... He looks back on his unconventional youth with comic bewilderment' * Independent on Sunday *
'A fascinating and entertaining memoir about growing up with parents who were staunch communists' * Daily Telegraph *
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“Illuminating and hilarious!”
This was a present for my husband, who has read Alexei Sayles' 2nd "volume". He is thoroughly enjoying it and reading many pieces out loud to me! He says it is so informative and funny. We live in... More
“A Troubled Man”
I quite like Alexi's humour in general as its anarchic and ever so slightly highbrow and patronising. I found this book a bit disturbing and I felt sorry for Alexi the child. The book really is about Alexi and... More
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