'The nicest, wisest and funniest book I have read for ages' Helen Fielding
Born in East London to working-class parents as the Second World War was drawing to a close, SYLVIA SMITH ducked out of a career in hairdressing at the last minute to begin a life of office work. She is unmarried with no children. A driving licence and a school swimming certificate are her only qualifications, although she is also quite good at dressmaking. Misadventures is her first book. She lives in London
From single Londoner of a certain age Sylvia Smith comes Misadventures, a compulsively readable series of vignettes that adds up to a comic and touching if rather episodic memoir. The tale of one woman's journey from working-class childhood through a slightly rebellious adolescence all the way to a bemused middle age, this debut work chronicles the author's unrewarding jobs and unfortunate dates, her experiences in grocery stores and the funny things she saw or her friend said with sly wit and a kind of dead pan grace. Each of the anecdotes (many of which are named for the person discussed therein) feature a brief introduction ("John was someone I met at a dance when I was twenty-five Our relationship lasted precisely three dances") and while not all are satisfying, they are so short, so spare, that readers will find themselves unable to not proceed to the next. ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
* This is the nicest, wisest and funniest book I have read for ages. I sat up till 1.30am and read it all the way through, giggling happily. -- Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones' Diary * it's a curiously refreshing twist on the memoir Time Out * Sometimes sad, often funny, sometimes merely staggering in its banality - moreover, unquestionably well-written - the one think this book never feels is 'ordinary'. New Statesman * tipped to become this year's bestseller. The Week