My Family: The Memoir: Unabridged edition

By David Baddiel

A searingly honest, humorous memoir from the award-winning author of Jews Don’t Count

On the surface, David Baddiel’s childhood was fairly standard: a lower-middle-class family living in an ordinary house in North West London. But as his mother changed careers, their life grew increasingly surreal: abandoning her business selling children’s books, she became obsessed with golfing memorabilia, impassioned by a salacious affair with a golfing salesman.

As Baddiel investigates his family’s past, his father’s memories are fading: dementia has turned him into a Spitting Image puppet of himself, making him moodier and more disinhibited, with an even greater penchant for obscenity. But as with his mother’s affair, there is both comedy and poignancy to be found: laughter is a constant presence, capable of transforming the darkest of experiences into something else.

Inspired by his Olivier-nominated stage show, My Family is a candid examination of family, memory, and the redemptive powers of comedy.

Format: Audio-Book
Release Date: 06 Jun 2024
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-848763-8
Detailed Edition: Unabridged edition
David Baddiel is an author, comedian, screenwriter and television presenter. He has written four novels and two non-fiction books including the bestselling Jews Don\'t Count which was the Sunday Times \'Politics and Current Affairs Book of the Year\' 2021. David is also the author of ten middle-grade books for children that have sold £1.5 million copies. His new book, My Family: The Memoir, will be published in 2024 by 4th Estate.

Praise for My Family: Not the Sitcom (the stage show) -

”'Rivetingly revealing” - Michael Billington, Guardian

”'Witty and profound” - Evening Standard

”'Wonderfully warm yet brutally frank, fearless yet very funny” - London Theatre

Praise for Jews Don’t Count -

”'From his first sentence, the energy, force and conviction of Baddiel’s writing and thinking will transfix you…as readable as an airport thriller…a masterpiece” - Stephen Fry

”'I don’t think I have ever been so grateful to anyone for writing a book … incisive, urgent, surprisingly funny and short. It’s also a beautiful piece of publishing. It needs to be read” - Jay Rayner

”'It is so gripping - I read it in a single sitting” - Stephen Bush, The Times

”'I only big up work I really believe is good and this is extraordinarily good. And important” - Jonathan Ross

”'A fascinating book, I urge you to read it” - Piers Morgan