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The House is Full of Yogis by Will Hodgkinson
  

The House is Full of Yogis

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How the vagaries of parents appear to children – to Liz and Neville Hodgkinson their sudden conversion to Eastern religion and embracing of sexual revolution might have seemed sane and sensible decisions, for their son Will it meant A House Full of Yogis, a vast change from his previous London suburban life. Will’s view of his young self and the turmoil he lived through are remembered with humour, puzzlement and sadness.

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The House is Full of Yogis by Will Hodgkinson

A witty memoir about the trials of adolescence, the tribulations of family life and the embarrassment that ensues from having larger-than-life parents Neville and Liz Hodgkinson bought into the Thatcherite dream of home ownership, aspiration and advancement. The first children of their working class parents to go to university and have professional careers, they lived in a semi-detached house in Richmond, sent their sons Tom and Will to private school, and went on holiday to Greece once a year. Neville was an award-winning science writer and Liz was a high-earning tabloid hack. Then a disastrous boat holiday, followed by a life-threatening bout of food poisoning from a contaminated turkey, led to the search for a new way of life. Nev joined the Brahma Kumaris, who believe evolution is a myth, time is circular, and a forthcoming Armageddon will make way for a new Golden Age. Out went drunken dinner parties and Victorian decor schemes; in came large women in saris meditating in the living room and lurid paintings of smiling deities on the walls. Liz took the arrival of the Brahma Kumaris as a chance to wage all-out war on convention, from announcing her newfound celibacy on prime time television to writing books that questioned the value of getting married and raising children. By an unfortunate coincidence, this dramatic and highly public transformation of the self coincided with the onset of Will's adolescence. This is his story.

Reviews

'An affecting, and very funny, evocation of adolescence'
- Telegraph

'A My Family and Other Middle-Class Animals let loose in the jungle of Thatcher's suburban Britain. The result is a howlingly entertaining memoir that is raw, affectionate and, unbelievably, true'
-The Sunday Times

'An utterly charming, funny and touching memoir'
-Sathnam Sanghera, author of Marriage Material

'Endearing'
-Observer

'A rip-roaringly funny read'
-Viv Groskop, Red

'Thoughtful, heartfelt and so well drawn ... [It] deserves to become as well loved as My Family and Other Animals'
-Travis Elborough, author of London Bridge in America

'I laughed until I levitated'
-Jarvis Cocker

About the Author

Will Hodgkinson grew up in a larger-than-life family. His father, Neville, was an award-winning science writer until he received a calling from the Brahma Kumaris in 1983. He currently lives with them on a retreat in Oxfordshire. His mother, Liz, continues to write for the Daily Mail. His brother, Tom, created the Idler. As well as working as the rock and pop critic for The Times, Will decided it was high-time to record his family's colourful story.

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Publication date

23rd March 2015

Author

Will Hodgkinson

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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21st century history: from c 2000 -

ISBN

9780007514649

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