The Inspirational New Book About the Art and Science of Growing Up from the 'Past Imperfect' Podcast Hosts
Rachel Sylvester is a political columnist at The Times. She started writing about politics in 1996 and was a lobby correspondent on The Daily Telegraph before becoming political editor of The Independent on Sunday. She joined The Times in 2008. She is Chair of the Times Education Commission Alice Thomson is a columnist and interviewer at The Times. A former Times trainee, she became a foreign correspondent, feature writer and political reporter for the paper before moving to The Telegraph as a columnist, restaurant reviewer and leader writer. She returned to The Times in 2008. She is the author of The Singing Line.
PRAISE FOR WHAT I WISH I'D KNOWN WHEN I WAS YOUNG
'This is a superb study of the way strength can emerge from
childhood trauma - brilliant stories, hilarious observations and
jaw dropping revelations about so many figures in public life we
thought we knew - but never understood'
'A punchy portrait of how character is forged in adversity. As
an idiosyncratic, wide-ranging study, it works. Sylvester and
Thomson have succeeded in avoiding "pity porn"; their book is
provocative and even uplifting'
PRAISE FOR THE PAST IMPERFECT PODCAST
'I promise not to praise Times podcasts unless I really
like them. I've been recommending Past Imperfect to
friends so it would seem unfair of me not to recommend it to
readers. In Past Imperfect the paper's crack interviewing
team of Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson talk to politicians and
celebrities about their pasts. Their theory is that all successful
people are driven to achieve by childhood trauma. As a keen
armchair psychologist I am fully behind this premise ...
James Marriott, The Times