Springfield Road is a journey into childhood in the late 1970s, a time of halfpenny sweets, fish and chips in newspaper, scrumping apples, and foraging for conkers. Set in the dawn of Thatcher's Britain, it's a salute to every curly-top, scabby knee'd, mixed-up, half-crazy kid with NHS glasses, free school dinners, and hand-me-downs, as told by the daughter of an Irish jazz musician and a Jamaican go-go dancer. It's about discovering that life is unfair, that there are bullies out there, and that parents die; yet it is the very antithesis of a misery memoir. It's a vivid, uplifting tale that seeks out the humor, color, and tenderness in the world, and when you read it you will say Hey! I remember, we did that too! You might say: I remember being closer to the ground; I remember summers were longer and how oranges were bigger; I remember struggling to comprehend sex and war, life and death, heaven and hell, and perhaps you’ll say, I remember I missed my dad too.
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Salena Godden is a writer, poet, and broadcaster. To mark 20 years of poetry and performance, a new collection Fishing In The Aftermath—Poems 1994-2014 was published. Her most recent documentary for BBC R4 was Try a Little Tenderness: The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks.Review:
"Honest, grippingly readable, funny and uplifting." —Maggie Gee, author, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan
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