Nineteen Seventy-nine takes place in a small fishing town called Musselburgh, situated on the east coast of Scotland. It's about a young girl who is very naive yet incredibly self-aware in the year that changed her life forever - an evocative, moving and at times hilarious true-life story about growing up gay in a small town, finding out you're adopted, and losing your father at the age of 14. Always an outsider, the Rhona of 1979 was desperate to fit in at any cost, and here lies the bittersweet humour. At the heart of the book is the Clubhouse, a place that symbolises all that is normal, happy, and secure. Sons with their fathers; 15 year-old boys with their girlfriends for their first underage drink. Wives with their husbands for the Christmas disco. And behind the club, outside, Rhona and her friends are smoking, fighting, kissing and drinking. In this darkly funny and deeply biographical first book, Rhona Cameron takes us back to a year when everything seemed to change. A new British government came to power, the Eighties were approaching and at times life felt so precarious that it really looked like she and her family might never make it through the next year, let alone the next decade...
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" required reading for anyone who might be in any doubt as to which way their own sexual pendulum is swinging" -- Jenny Eclair, The Mirror
"For a read that's just like Rhona - eccentric, feisty and very funny - get your hands on this book" -- Jenny Eclair, The Mirror
"Unusual and touching memoir...which could prove one of the hits of the autumn" -- The Bookseller
"a brutally candid account of life as a gay teenager" -- Sunday Times, Scotland
"a fabulous memoir" -- ID Magazine
"every sniff, touch and turn of phrase is recorded as if newly experienced" -- The Sunday Times, Scotland
"had me laughing, cringing, sad and sympathetic in equal measure...a tender and awkward coming of age story with astonishing detail" -- Stephen Torsi, The Bookseller
"wildly contrasting strands of confessional writing, from the frothy to the darkly disturbing, all in a vivid and full-on style" -- The Sunday Times, Scotland
'Well-written, funny, touching, irreverent and deeply moving' -- Scottish Sunday Post
`a wonderfully fresh and funny account of teenage confusion' -- Bookseller
It's very personal. Writing it, took me to a place where i needed to go, to grieve for my father, that is what i will take from it the most. I had kept diaries knowing that one day my life would be worth writing about. I have always done so, and at many times writing away was the only place i felt i had to go. I was very lonely at this age and hope the book captures that. I didn't make many descisions when writing it, i didn't allow any self consciousness about being someone in the public eye to distract or prohibit me from what i wanted to do which was, to simply tell it as it was. It is a book i've dedicated to my parents, as a thankyou, in particular my mother who has been through hell and high tide.
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Book Description Rhona Cameron, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000016312
Book Description Ebury Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009189428X
Book Description Ebury Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX009189428X