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Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor is a contemporary classic filled with warmth and humour, sadness and tenderness, and an unforgettable portrait of small-town America.
Garrison Keillor, 'America's tallest radio humorist', was born in 1942 in a small town in Minnesota, into a family of Scottish fundamental protestants. The family were expert at entertaining themselves with evenings of storytelling. In 1966 when he graduated his ambition was to write - three years later the big break came when he sold a story to the New Yorker. He gave up his part time radio station job to concentrate on writing but it was an assignment from the New Yorker in 1974, which tempted him back to radio. Writing about the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville brought back childhood memories of the warmth and spontaneity of the medium, and the result was Keillor's immensely popular live radio show, 'A Prairie Home Companion'. By 1987 it had become a phenomenal success and was being broadcast nationwide. Lake Wobegon Days, derived from these monologues, became a bestseller in the United States and then the UK, Australia and New Zealand.