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'A work of utmost clarity and insight, a moving rite of passage through the embers of Empire and the stillness of a Fifties England not yet born anew... Almost every page contains an observation so baldly funny that you will wish to commit it to memory... Publishers know too well how many people think they can write a valuable memoir and how few really can.' Simon Garfield Observer. Clever Girl is now available in paperback.

About the Author

Brian Thompson was born in Lambeth, London in 1935. After vigorous rescue remedies applied by two grammar schools, he read English at Cambridge. Since 1973 he has written for a living as a radio and television playwright and documentary film maker. His first volume of memoir, Keeping Mum, was published by Atlantic in 2006. He is also the author of several acclaimed biographies including A Monkey Among Crocodiles and The Nightmare of a Victorian Bestseller. He lives in Oxford.


'Beautifully written, very funny.' -- Steven Poole * Guardian *
Brian Thompson can write... he is in a different league. -- Tom Payne * Daily Telegraph *
An enchantingly eccentric and entertaining book. -- Tom Rosenthal * Daily Mail *
Clever Girl is the panacea to all those misery memoirs choking the nation's bookstores. -- Ludovic Hunter-Tilney * Financial Times *
Deft and humorous... [Brian Thompson has] an Alan Bennett-like ear for the incongruous. -- Joan Bakewell * Guardian *
A wonderful book, by turns heartbreaking and deliriously funny. -- Diana Melly * Sunday Times *
A touching, comic masterpiece of a memoir. -- Melanie McGrath * Sunday Telegraph *

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