Winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize, The Rotters’ Club follows Benjamin Trotter through the hilarious and, at times, touching trials and tribulations of growing up in 1970s Britain.
Featuring, among other things, IRA bombs, prog rock, punk rock, bad poetry, first love, love on the side. Prefects, detention, a few bottles of Blue Nun, lots of brown wallpaper, industrial strife, and divine intervention in the form of a pair of swimming trunks.
Reviewed by Ranjit Bolt in Slightly Foxed Issue 52.
The Writing on the Wall
I harbour – perversely, you might think – the fondest memories of two much maligned phenomena: the 1970s and Birmingham. I was lucky, of course. I had a relatively pleasant, carefree adolescence,...Read more