My Own Worst Enemy: Scenes of a Sheffield Childhood

My Own Worst Enemy: Scenes of a Sheffield Childhood

By Robert Edric

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-60-0

Number of pages: 222

Biography, English, Paperback, 127x203mm

In this account of his childhood, Robert Edric writes of his upbringing in working-class Sheffield throughout the ‘sixties and early ‘seventies with both compassion and unflinching honesty. Based wholly on Edric’s own memories and long-repeated family tales, this memoir reveals the small, often claustrophobic and inward-looking world which both formed him as a child and afterwards helped inform him as a writer.

Chief among these interwoven recollections are the ordinary, everyday stories and memories of the day to day life of his own family and of the relatives and neighbours around him; of his education as a grammar school boy of that time; and, most particularly, of the lives of his parents, whose own childhoods during the second world war and afterwards formed by far the most influential part of that upbringing.

My Own Worst Enemy provides an insight into the ordinary, everyday lives of those millions of people all too often ignored, overlooked, dismissed and forgotten in a world obsessed with fame and celebrity.

Robert Edric was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (James Tait Black Prize winner, 1986), A New Ice Age (Guardian Prize Runner-up, 1986), The Book Of The Heathen (WH Smith Literary Award, 2000), Peacetime and Gathering The Water (both longlisted for the Booker Prize). His novel In Zodiac Light, was based on the asylum years of the poet and composer Ivor Gurney, was shortlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC award. His most recent works include Sanctuary, chronicling the final days of Branwell Brontë, and Mercury Falling, set in The Wash in 1954.

“Edric’s novels constitute one of the most astonishing bodies of work to appear from a single author for a generation.” – Daily Telegraph

“Much contemporary fiction seems inconsequential and fleeting by comparison.” – The Guardian

“Edric is a novelist who makes his own rules and can’t be compared with anyone else.” – The Times