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John Simpson, the BBC's World correspondent now famous for wearing a burka to be the first correspondent into Kabul and ahead of all the military, continues his memoirs looking at his childhood in the 40s and 50s ... somewhat strange but fascinating
Days From A Different World Synopsis
In this new volume of memoirs, John Simpson turns his sights on his own childhood, through which he paints a vivid picture of Britain in the 1940s and 50s. 'I have already touched on my childhood in Strange Places Questionable People. But the further through life I get the more I want to revisit it. I want to look at the whole of my childhood, the England I grew up in and my family. Family and country seem inextricably linked - in some ways our country is like our family: we know it extraordinarily well, yet we don't always like it. Nevertheless, it keeps its hold on our loyalties in spite of everything else.' This is not be a mere exercise in nostalgia, rather it is a journey through the England of the late 1940s and 1950s in all its shabby wonder and it will also tell the somewhat strange and often deeply painful story of John Simpson's family. It begins with Simpson at the deathbed of his aunt, the last of his close relatives to die. As she lay there, half-demented, he found himself talking to her about his childhood - his father, his grandmother, the small and rather depressing south London suburb which his family had built and dominated, and finally declined with.
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