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Ted and I: A Brother's Memoir

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
On 17 August 1930, nine-year-old Gerald Hughes was introduced to his new baby brother, Ted, born in the middle of the night by the light of a bright star. From the moment Ted could toddle, they were inseparable, with Ted following his older brother everywhere: roaming the Yorkshire countryside, camping, making fires, pitching tents, hunting rabbits, rats, wood pigeon and s ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Diane S ☔
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I knew very little about Ted Hughes, except what was written in various stories covering Sylvia Plath. This book is of course not Ted's story but his brother Geralds, and of his and Ted's family and youth. Did cover much of his early years, he and Gerald in the woods camping, Ted's early love of nature. Where he got the inspiration for some of his poetry, which is also included. Pictures of the family, Ted and Sylvia.

Gerald moved to Australia and never actually met Sylvia, though she did write h
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books about Ted Hughes are certainly not in short supply, but this memoir by his older brother Gerald has a particular charm. We have rarely heard from family members up to now, and this short book of reminiscences, while offering few new insights and certainly no shocking or surprising revelations, does in fact show us another side of Ted Hughes, that of the adoring little boy always looking up to and being taught and guided by his older brother. Much of his interest in, and knowledge of, natur ...more
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I liked this book very much, which is sort of strange since I'm not a particular fan of Ted Hughes and I'm not at-all fascinated by his life.

Given this, you might be wondering about my affection for this book, so I should explain that it's not until the last 1/4 of the book that you get a lot of Ted. And to tell you the truth, I found myself interested in Ted at that point because of the effect he had on his family. So in his own way, Gerald Hughes is brilliant.

What TED AND I is about is Gerald
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good, Not Great, Memoir from Ted Hughes' Older Brother

Make no mistake. Gerald Hughes is not the writer that his younger brother Ted Hughes, a Poet Laureate of Great Britain, was, and readers will discern this readily in "Ted and I: A Brother's Memoir" by comparing and contrasting Hughes' prose with his brother's autobiographical poetry, of which more than a few are included in the text. As such, readers should not expect to read anything as well written as Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" or Gar
Deborah Stanish
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a gentle book, reflecting back on a life through nostalgia-tinged lenses. It is very much the story of a mythical sort of childhood filled with kind, hard-working folk and simple pleasures. If one is looking for detail and an over-arching commentary, the is not the book for you. If one is looking for the impressions, feelings and the things that resonate, examined decades later, this is an excellent example. What really shines in this book is the love that flowed between the brothers, a ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This was an interesting read but slightly misleading in its title. It is largely a memoir of Gerald's life and whilst naturally Ted figures in parts of this as any sibling would, it is Gerald who is the central figure and it is his memories we are reading. Gerald spent a lot of his adult life away from the family, first in RAF and then with his emigration to Australia. The memories of Ted's adult life are therefore more glimpses, or impressions from letters. For example Gerald never met Sylvia P ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A close, affectionate, and interesting life of Ted Hughes by his brother. Many nice illustrations. This book opens up the poet's world without making the reader feel like a voyeur. It's regretful that Gerald Hughes really didn't know Sylvia Plath as it would be valuable to know his dry commonsense view. Unique book.
Bailee Walsh
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was an interesting look at Ted Hughes' childhood, and although it has some insight into his life, mostly his childhood and then his later years, I think I could have gotten more information from an article or actual biography about Ted Hughes. Yes, I realize this is his brother's memoir, but when the title implies more about the relationship between him and his brother, that should be the main focus of the book. It does, however, accurately depict their relationship because Ted and Gerald d ...more
Melanie  Hilliard
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
My rating: solid 3.5 stars

A quick and delightful read by poet Ted Hughes' older brother Gerald. Shed light on the post WWII life and family connections across time and distance. Really opened my eyes about how difficult it was for family members to stay in touch (and even see each other) across the vast distance between England and Australia. Great take on a truth most of us know, that your siblings, no matter the time and distance, often know you best. Interesting that my own brother should hav
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I lost interest early on. The story about poet Ted Hughes, as written by his brother, does not flow smoothly. The entire mid-section is only about the author's war experience.
I had a bit of a struggle rating this, as I sometimes do with memoirs. I always try to take all possible aspects of review into consideration when I give a rating, but when it comes to memoirs it can be harder to separate the personal story and events from the quality of writing, the readability and flow of the book, and those other technical aspects that add or detract from a book overall.

This really is less a memoir about Ted than about Gerald himself, which is as it should be. In that sense,
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
"Ted and I: A Brother's Memoir" is a book well described by the title. It is the memories of a man, Gerald Hughes, of both his own life and his brother's life, where the brother happens to be the Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes.

I have been fascinated by Sylvia Plath since I was a teenager, and as an extension, her husband Ted Hughes. Both were remarkable poets, and both had their lives marred by mental illness and by Plath's suicide.

You will find no insights into that story here. This is a gentle book
Lauren Bujorian
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ted Hughes was a gifted writer. And it's hard to not hear a story or two about his life or who he was familiar with when researching that particular decade. This book written by Ted's brother Gerald, is an intimate memoir that only a brother could tell. The insight of the family dynamic and behind the scenes is a very special glimpse into Ted's life. If you're curious to hear a story or two and see some never before shared images of Ted's childhood and family life then this is definitely the boo ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This memoir was written by the brother of poet Ted Hughes. It was largely a reflection on their early life in Yorkshire, England. They had a shared love of nature. Gerald immigrates to Australia after WWII, so the additional reflections are based on rare visits together. The name the boys called their mother was "Ma'm" when talking to her and about her. I'm a big fan of memoirs.
I received this book as a first read. It provides an interesting bio of Ted Hughes in the context of his family. It also provides some insight into the inspiration for some of his poems. An interesting read for fans of his poetry.
Ann Taylor custance
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book. I am not a fan of poetry, as of now. I have a feeling that I may have to reevaluate that now that I am interested in this author. I really like this book and feel privileged to be able to learn about these two men and the relationship between them.
Annie Quigley
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great new aspect of the Sylvia Plath/Ted Hughes story and marvellous background to young Ted adoring his much older brother Geraldd and their shared love of nature. Buy discounted from
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
More "I" than "Ted". Interesting up to a point...skimpy on details.
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