Waking Up in Toytown: A Memoir

4.18 avg rating
( 61 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780099507833: Waking Up in Toytown: A Memoir

In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. But the suburbs are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal office worker who is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and Petula Clark, an old lover, with whom he reprises a troubled, masochistic relationship and, finally, the seemingly flesh-and-blood embodiemnts of all his private phantoms.

The sequel to his haunting, celebrated account of a troubled childhood, Waking Up in Toytown is unsettling, touching, oddly romantic and unflinchingly honest.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"There is no truer writer than John Burnside...[A] searching enquiry into a life: bruised, filled with grace and as plangent and haunting as any plainsong" (Catherine Lockerbie Scotsman)

"Burnside's memoir deserves to become a classic. Has anyone written about the direct experience of mental illness with such scrupulous observation and wit?" ( Daily Express)

"A brilliant portrait of isolation... This sophisticated study of the human mind argues for our right "to continue in the pursuit of whole-heartedness. To be not-normal after all"" (Fiona Sampson Independent)

"Beautifully written and observed memoir ... an affecting book from a writer of manifest talent; a compellingly readable memoir possessed of a genuine spiritual and intellectual depth" (Adam O'Riordan Sunday Telegraph)

"This is an extraordinary book and one so honest it scorches" (Carlo Gebler Irish Times)

Book Description:

The sequel to the award-winning A Lie About My Father.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Burnside, John
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a Surbiton of the mind . But the suburbs are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal office worker who is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and Petula Clark, an old lover, with whom he reprises a troubled, masochistic relationship and, finally, the seemingly flesh-and-blood embodiemnts of all his private phantoms. The sequel to his haunting, celebrated account of a troubled childhood, Waking Up in Toytown is unsettling, touching, oddly romantic and unflinchingly honest. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099507833

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Burnside, John
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 10262377-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.15
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Burnside, John
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a Surbiton of the mind . But the suburbs are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal office worker who is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and Petula Clark, an old lover, with whom he reprises a troubled, masochistic relationship and, finally, the seemingly flesh-and-blood embodiemnts of all his private phantoms. The sequel to his haunting, celebrated account of a troubled childhood, Waking Up in Toytown is unsettling, touching, oddly romantic and unflinchingly honest. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099507833

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Burnside, John
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800995078330000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Burnside, John
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 131mm x 200mm x 16mm. Paperback. In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. But the.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 272 pages. 0.190. Bookseller Inventory # 9780099507833

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Burnside, John
Published by Vintage 2011-01-06 (2011)
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage 2011-01-06, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-04668856

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Burnside, John
Published by Vintage (2011)
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2011. Book Condition: New. 2011. Paperback. In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, the author resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. This title tells is an account of a troubled childhood. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: BM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 194 x 134 x 17. Weight in Grams: 192. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780099507833

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Burnside, John
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. But the suburbs are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal of. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780099507833_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.34
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Burnside, John
Published by Vintage
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage. Book Condition: New. 2011. Paperback. In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, the author resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. This title tells is an account of a troubled childhood. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: BM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 194 x 134 x 17. Weight in Grams: 192. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099507833

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Burnside, John
Published by Vintage (2011)
ISBN 10: 0099507838 ISBN 13: 9780099507833
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Green Books
(Wicklow, Ireland)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New Book. Shipping: Once your order has been confirmed and payment received, your order will then be processed. The book will be located by our staff, packaged and despatched to you as quickly as possible. From time to time, items get mislaid en route. If your item fails to arrive, please contact us first. We will endeavour to trace the item for you and where necessary, replace or refund the item. Please do not leave negative feedback without contacting us first. All orders will be dispatched within two working days. If you have any quesions please contact us. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099507833

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.33
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book