Days from a Different World: A Memoir of Childhood

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John Simpson is well known as the BBC's leading foreign correspondent, reporting from the front line of conflicts such as the Iraq war. In this engaging memoir, he turns his attention to matters closer to home: his own childhood in 1950s Croydon. His honest and clear-sighted account of the unravelling of his parents' marriage amid the austerity of postwar Britain vividly evokes a vanished era and shows how lives can be irrevocably changed by war.

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John Simpson's best-selling memoir of his childhood, through which he also paints a vivid picture of Britain in the 1940s

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'Delicate and haunting' -- Glasgow Herald

'Fascinating and deeply moving...a very good read indeed' -- Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

'Painful and beautifully observed...another triumph' -- John Humphrys, New Statesman

'Superlative...tangy, sensuous prose...The rationed, soot-black world of the late 1940s is beautifully evoked' -- Sunday Times, 4 September 2005

..a thoughtful, lyrical memoir shot through with searing honesty. -- Irish Examiner

Vividly atmospheric, full of pithy anecdotes, and intensely affecting, Simpson's memoir is a triumph -- The Daily Express, 30 September

‘A superb writer...It’s a long time since I’ve enjoyed a personal memoir so much' -- George Rosie, Glasgow Sunday Herald

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