When Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously stated, ‘You’ve never had it so good’, the 10-year-old Tim Albert was being miserable, stuck on a hill in an all-boys school. But despite an at times unhappy start, some dreadful mistakes and a rather unpleasant illness, he came to realise that he had been born in a lucky place and at a lucky time – and was lucky to be still alive. In this idiosyncratic and insightful look at the second half of the twentieth century, the author combines family material with his own recollections and writings as a journalist. He drops, albeit briefly, such names as Teddy Kennedy, EM Forster, Libby Purves, Jimmy Savile and Saddam Hussein. He also witnesses such historic milestones as the post war recovery, the drive for fairer education – and the first attacks on the NHS.
‘I was totally hooked, spending the rest of the day reading it until I had finished. It is beautifully written and full of enthralling facts... a rare good autobiography’ - Dr Stephen Lock, former editor, BMJ
'Each episode is tethered to reality by evidence retrieved from his treasure trove. Tim writes like a journalist who has access to the Albert famiily hoard and is writing the biography of a subject who just happens to be himself' - Michael O'Donnell, Medical Journalists Association.
'A lovely book. Witty, gentle and very evocative' - Liz Langley
1. 1950s: the unwinds of war
In which I discover the joys of family life - and the anguish of losing it
2. 1960s: a tale of two certainties
In which I endure schooling, enjoy education and find my views moving to the left
3. 1970s: brave new world, soon perhaps
In which I embark on the reporter's trade, mix with the big boys, lose one love and gain another
4. 1980s: health care blues
In which I learn about the world of doctors, import a soulmate and wander into the new digital age
5. 1990s: fronting up
In which I become a small businessman and try to persuade doctors that clear writing might have its advantages
Publisher: Elbow Publishing
235 pages, 16 pages of illustrations
Kindle edition: £4.99
Publication date: 17 July 2017
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