'Higher education comes at exactly the right time: in the twilight of your teens, you're just starting to coagulate as a human being, to pull away from parental influence and find your own feet. What better than three years in which to explore the inner you, establish a feasible worldview, and maybe get on Blockbusters.' After an idyllic provincial 70s childhood, the 80s took Andrew Collins to London, art school and the classic student experience. Crimping his hair, casting aside his socks and sporting fingerless gloves, he became Andy Kollins purveyor of awful poetry, disciple of moany music and wannabe political activist. What follows is a universal tale of trainee hedonism, girl trouble, wasted grants and begging letters to parents. A synth-soundtracked rite of passage that's often painfully funny, it traces one teenager's metamorphosis from sheltered suburban innocent to semi-mature metropolitan male through the pretensions and confusions of trying to stand alone for the first time in your own kung fu pumps in a big bad city.
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"A welcome visitor into any home that houses a Nick Hornby or a Tony Parsons" -- The Herald
"It's perceptive, moving and excruciatingly funny...A treasure" -- Sunday Times
For all its period trappings, the best thing about his rites-of-passage story is that it all seems so universal. -- Independent On Sunday, 30 May 2004
Amusing, nostalgia-soaked tale of one boy's coming of age in the decade of big hair and small grants
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091896916
Book Description Ebury Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091896916
Book Description Ebury Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0091896916 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW4.0038929