In a rare foray outside that natural home, Booker Prize-winner Bernice Rubens penned these memoirs 'while I still have a memory'. Poignantly, the highly-acclaimed author, literary bon-vivante and celebrated film-maker died shortly after completing them. She wasn't quite expecting that but nor, as she reveals in these pages, did she expect to become a writer. It wasn't the sort of thing that happened to girls born in Glossop Terrace in Splott, the 'unmentionable and indisputable armpit of Cardiff'.
In this delightful evocation of her own life, Rubens escorts us, with a flotilla of anecdotes, away from that armpit through her wartime childhood, her first 'major folly' (studying English at University) to stints as a teacher, lady's maid and actress before stumbling upon a career that bemused her until the end of her days. 'What shall I do,' was her constant internal refrain, 'when I grow up?'
Bernice Rubens died in the autumn of 2004.
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Bernice Rubens was born in Wales. Her novels include the Booker-Prize winning THE ELECTED MEMBER and A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE, which was shortlisted for the same award.Review:
Friends and admirers of her work can hear her voice again: sad, funny, indiscreet―DAILY MAIL
Rubens was valiant, fierce and humorous ... an engaging self-portrait, her memoir is a small triumph―SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Reading Bernice Rubens is like playing grandmother's footsteps. You just wish that she hadn't already touched the finishing line―OBSERVER
Hugely enjoyable. Rubens delivers her life story in the warm, direct, assured style of her novels, slipping into her old style so naturally that you may forget you're reading a memoir―GUARDIAN
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Descripción Abacus, 2006. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11034912017X
Descripción Little, Brown Book Group, 2006. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX034912017X