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Gloucester Crescent

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 352
Subject: Biography & Memoir
Illustrations: Black and white photos throughout

Gloucester Crescent

Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

William Miller

A memoir of growing up amidst a group of the most brilliant intellectuals of a generation - along with their children

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160360 (Published 23 Aug 2018)
£14.99

About the book

Gloucester Crescent is a curving, leafy street, tucked between Camden Town and Primrose Hill, filled with the sound of clacking typewriters and children playing. It's unremarkable in many ways, unless you notice the lady in the van outside one house, and the familiar-looking residents crossing the road ...

Written through the eyes of a growing child, this is the story of a very particular family and their circle of brilliant, idealistic and intellectual friends in London in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We follow William through the ups and downs of childhood, as he explores the back gardens and homes of his famous neighbours, attends dramatic rehearsals with his dad Jonathan Miller, fails exams and is bullied at school, gets drugs from the philosopher A. J. Ayer's wife, and tries to watch the moon landing with Alan Bennett and a room full of writers. Hilarious, and at times heart-breaking, this is also about how we grow up and move on - and what happens when we come back.

Not only a picture of an extraordinary time in Britain's cultural history - and a hitherto unseen portrait of some of the brightest minds of a generation - this book tells the funny, tender and moving story of a young boy trying to find his own identity.

About the author

William Miller is a television producer and media executive. His long career in television has included time as head of talent at BBC Worldwide, and he has worked with Nigella Lawson, Brian Cox, The Hairy Bikers, Kirstie Allsopp, Phil Spencer and many more, to help build their brands, businesses and develop their TV shows. In 2009 William returned to Gloucester Crescent where he now lives with his wife and two teenage daughters, three doors from his parents.

Reviews

I was charmed by this evocative and tender portrait of an extraordinary street and its extraordinary inhabitants

- Deborah Moggach

William Miller is not just writing about a street. This is about family, love, art and the whole of life, and it's wonderful

- Jeremy Vine, BBC2

A wonderful insight into life surrounded by the culturati of the late 20th century - funny, wise and finely observed through glasses that are far from rose-tinted.

- Shaun Bythell, author of A Diary of a Bookseller

A love letter to a unique and special time, place and family

- Dermot O'Leary

It's a brilliant book, a touching, funny view of life for the family of a remarkable person who, like many remarkable people, could be hard to live with.

- Kirsty Allsop

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 352
Subject: Biography & Memoir
Illustrations: Black and white photos throughout
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