Hilarious, reflective and heartbreaking, The House Is Full Of Yogis is the story of a childhood turned upside down. Once upon a time in the 1980s, the Hodgkinsons were just like any other family. Liz and Neville lived with their sons, Tom and Will, in a semi-detached house in the suburbs of Southwest London. Neville was an award-winning medical correspondent. Liz was a high-earning tabloid journalist. Friends and neighbours turned up to their parties clutching bottles of Mateus Rose. Then, while recovering from a life-threatening bout of food poisoning, Neville had a Damascene revelation. Life was never the same again. Out went drunken dinner parties and Victorian decor schemes. In came hordes of white-clad Yogis meditating in the living room and lectures on the forthcoming apocalypse. Liz took the opportunity to wage all-out war on convention, from denouncing motherhood as a form of slavery to promoting her book Sex Is Not Compulsory on television chat shows, just when Will was discovering girls for the first time. While the laconic Tom took it all in his stride, the arrival of the Brahma Kumaris threw Will into crisis. And as if his Yogi father, feminist mother and the end of the world weren't enough, he was also hopelessly in love with his best friend's sister.
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Will Hodgkinson grew up in a larger-than-life family. His father, Neville, was an award-winning science writer until he received a calling from the Brahma Kumaris in 1983. He currently lives with them on a retreat in Oxfordshire. His mother, Liz, continues to write for the Daily Mail. His brother, Tom, created the Idler. As well as working as the rock and pop critic for The Times, Will decided it was high-time to record his family's colourful story.Review:
'An affecting, and very funny, evocation of adolescence' Telegraph 'A My Family and Other Middle-Class Animals let loose in the jungle of Thatcher's suburban Britain. The result is a howlingly entertaining memoir that is raw, affectionate and, unbelievably, true' The Sunday Times 'An utterly charming, funny and touching memoir' Sathnam Sanghera, author of Marriage Material 'Endearing' Observer 'I have been banned from reading in bed as it makes me laugh out loud too much ... Punishingly funny, and wonderfully written' Rachel Johnson, Mail on Sunday 'A rip-roaringly funny read' Viv Groskop, Red 'Thoughtful, heartfelt and so well drawn ... [It] deserves to become as well loved as My Family and Other Animals' Travis Elborough, author of London Bridge in America 'I laughed until I levitated' Jarvis Cocker
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