At either side of the generational divide, two authors try to understand the experiences that have made them what they are today. Journalist, playwright, “the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry” and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Ian McMillan recalls his days by the sea, from Cleethorpes & Scarborough to Northumberland & Blackpool. He walks barefoot to see the sun rise; he is attacked by seagulls, midges, and wasps; he eats a lot of fish & chips; he nearly avoids a frisbee; he searches for jazz. In writing peppered with poetry, Ian tries to work out how those journeys shaped the grand old dad that he’s become today.
Meanwhile, after a wild decade of hedonistic city life, freelance journalist, amateur stand-up comedian and ‘voice of a generation’ Lucy Holden is thrown back down the ladder to her parents’ house in a pandemic which paused the parties and forced her to ask herself how she’d become who she’d become? Grown-up, broken-down, completely lost, then locked-in, her raw and hilarious memoir addresses what it means to be young in today’s society – and where we can go from here.
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