An Immaculate Mistake: Scenes From Childhood And Beyond
by Paul Bailey
An autobiographical memoir, set for the most part in London in the 1940s and 50s, by the author of At the Jerusalem, Trespasses and An English Madam: The Life and Work of Cynthia Payne. It is composed of fifty scenes or fragments of memory which describe Bailey's parents, relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Unknown Binding, 167 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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I met Paul Bailey when he came to Kuala Lumpur for a lit fest that was held here in 2004. He was a wonderful person to talk to. Before then I had never read anything of his then he passed me a copy of this. A few months after his visit, I read it on a single Sunday afternoon. Loved it. It's a charming autobiography of his early years, funny and moving.
British writer and Literary Fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities (1972-74), he was Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the North Dakota State University (1977-79). He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award in 1974 and in 1978 he won the George Orwell Prize for his essay "The Limitations of Despair", first published in The Listener magazine.More about Paul Bailey...