Win £500 in book vouchers by helping us with a 7 minute reader survey click here.

win prizes desmond elliott 2017
Search our site
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn Read the opening extract of the brand new A. J. Finn book before its publication on 22/01/2018

Keeping Mum by Brian Thompson
  

Keeping Mum

Biography / Autobiography   All Shortlists and Winners   
Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2006.

Judges' comment: "From a loveless wartime childhood comes a generous and loveable memoir written from a child's-eye view. Utterly lacking in self-pity, it's laugh-out-loud funny."

Win a SIGNED FIRST EDITION of How to be Champion!

Get into the Spirit of Christmas with our special SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS competition! We are giving away THREE first edition hardback copies of Sarah Millican's fabulously funny autobiography How to be Champion, each signed by the author!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 December 2017. The winners will be notified by 11th December 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/12/2017

Synopsis

Keeping Mum by Brian Thompson

Mum and Dad - Squibs and Bert - were a complete mystery to Brian Thompson as he grew up in Cambridge and London during the 1940s. His mother danced with the Yanks all night and slept under a fake fur coat all day, and when his father bothered to come home he resolutely discouraged Brian in everything. Other children were evacuated out of the big cities, but Brian found himself travelling into London, where he spent much of the Blitz with an eccentric swarm of relations. Keeping Mum presents a portrait of boyhood as rich and mysterious as anything fiction can provide.

Reviews

The bestselling memoir, now in paperback: 'A wonderful book that brings vividly to life one of the oddest childhoods I've ever read about.
Michael Frayn

* 'Flawless...genius... this book is evidence of children's capacity not only to survive and thrive, but also to look back and laugh.
Peter Stanford, Independent On Sunday

* 'Funny and terrifying in turns... a magnificent study of malevolence, of a husband and wife for whom hatred is more potent than love.
Paul Bailey, Sunday Times

* 'One of the funniest - and darkest - war memoirs you'll ever read... a spellbinding story.
Daily Mail

* 'Riveting stuff... Evocative and precisely written... a beautifully judged account of an era usually doused in generalised sentiment
Will Cohu, Daily Telegraph

* 'Wildly funny... a knee-high view of the strange adult world.
Francis Wheen

About the Author

Brian Thompson has written for the stage, radio, television, and is the author of four novels. He divides his time between Oxford, England, and the South of France.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

14th September 2006

Author

Brian Thompson

More books by Brian Thompson
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners

Biography: general

Second World War

ISBN

9781843544982

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools