My Own Worst Enemy


In this account of his childhood, Robert Edric writes of his upbringing in working-class Sheffield throughout the ’60s and early ’70s with both compassion and unflinching honesty. Based wholly on Edric’s own memories and long-repeated family tales, this memoir reveals the small, often claustrophobic and inward-looking world which both formed him as a child and afterwards helped inform him as a writer. Chief among these interwoven recollections are the ordinary, everyday stories and memories of the day to day life of his own family and of the relatives and neighbours around him; of his education as a grammar school boy of that time; and, most particularly, of the lives of his parents, whose own childhoods during the Second World War and afterwards formed by far the most influential part of that upbringing.

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‘A small masterpiece’ The Spectator

My Own Worst Enemy is a wry and moving memoir of a working-class childhood in 1960s Sheffield, and the relationship between a touchy, tragicomic bully of a father and a son whose acceptance to grammar school puts him on another track entirely.

With a novelist’s eye, Robert Edric vividly depicts a now-vanished era: of working-men’s clubs; of tight-knit communities in factory towns; and of a time when a woman’s place was in the home. And he brings to colourful life his family, both close and extended – though over all of it hovers the vanity and barely-suppressed anger of his own father.

My Own Worst Enemy is a brilliantly specific portrait both of particular time and place – the Sheffield of half a century ago – and a universal story of childhood and family, and the ways they can go right or wrong.

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Weight 384 g
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.5 × 2.8 cm










823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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