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The Centre of the Bed - Joan Bakewell

The Centre of the Bed

Paperback Published: 21st June 2004
ISBN: 9780340823118
Number Of Pages: 352

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The story of Joan Bakewell's life and times spans the Blitz in Manchester, Cambridge during the glittering era of Michael Frayn, Peter Hall, Jonathan Miller et al, London at its most exciting in the swinging sixties and the world of the media and the arts from the 60s to the present. As she reflects on the choices she has made and the influences that shaped her, she confronts painful childhood memories of her mother's behaviour and describes both her affair with Harold Pinter and her two marriages with remarkable honesty. Throughout she uses her own experience to explore the extraordinary change in women's roles during her lifetime. This is no ordinary celebrity autobiography but a memoir that is beautifully written, frank and absorbing, which draws a thought-provoking portrait of Britain in the last 70 years.

Industry Reviews

Mesmerising - Caroline Gascoigne, Books of the Year, Sunday Time

A beautifully written, fascinating glimpse into the childhood and personal life of the woman who was one of the pioneers for equality for women in the BBC. - Lesley Pearse, Daily Mail

She has the rare ability to observe her life from a semi-detached position and to lace her own story into the social history of our times - Michael Cockerell, Daily Mail

Few can match Bakewell for the qualities that abound in her book: class and composure and a deeply unfashionable concern for more than her own career. - Lesley White, Sunday Times

Wise and wry - The Times

Bakewell's level-headed discussion of her ambivalent response to the tag (the 'thinking man's crumpet') makes fascinating reading...as does her calm but moving account of her lengthy affair with Harold Pinter. - The Sunday Times

Like the devil in the Rolling Stones' song, Joan Bakewell was everywhere at every stage: reporting on the Cuban missile crisis, interviewing Allen Ginsberg and Vaclav Havel, taking chunks out of the Berlin Wall when it fell...draped in the kaftan of Sixties sophistication...her evocations of grief [are] powerful and honest. - Independent on Sunday

vividly believable and tinged with sadness...a tender, unshowy memoir - Casilda Grigg, The Telegraph

ISBN: 9780340823118
ISBN-10: 0340823119
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st June 2004
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1