'A wonderful memoir, written with great linguistic brio. Candid, shrewd and moving - a classic of its kind.' - William Boyd
glorious and uproarious of course - but don't let the self-ribbing fool
you; this is deep and poignant.' Simon Schama
Howard Jacobson's funny, revealing and tender memoir of his path to becoming a writer
my theory that only the unhappy, the uncomfortable, the gauche, the
badly put together, aspire to make art. Why would you seek to reshape
the world unless you were ill-at-ease in it? And I came out of the womb
in every sense the wrong way round.
In Mother's Boy,
Booker-Prize winner Howard Jacobson reveals how he became a writer. It
is an exploration of belonging and not-belonging, of being an insider
and outsider, both English and Jewish.
Jacobson was forty when his first novel was published. In Mother's Boy he
traces the life that brought him there. Born to a working-class family
in 1940s Manchester, the great-grandson of Lithuanian and Russian
immigrants, Jacobson was raised by his mother, grandmother and aunt
Joyce. His father was a regimental tailor, as well as an upholsterer, a
market-stall holder, a taxi driver, a balloonist, and a magician.
always with his family's history and his Jewish identity, Jacobson
takes us from the growing pains of childhood to studying at Cambridge
under F.R. Leavis, and landing in Sydney as a maverick young professor
on campus. After his first marriage and the birth of his son, he lived
in places as disparate as London, Wolverhampton, Boscastle and
Melbourne, and worked many different jobs to make ends meet, from
selling handbags on a market stall, to teaching English in schools,
universities and sometimes football stadiums, and even helping to run an
Australian-inspired restaurant in the middle of Cornwall.
of Jacobson's trademark humour and infused with bittersweet memories of
his parents, this is the story of a writer's beginnings - as well as the
twists and turns that life takes - and of learning to understand who
you are before you can become the writer you were meant to be.
Jacobson's writing is by turns hilariously funny & heartbreakingly
poignant. His mother would be very proud' - Jimmy Carr
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