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A Cab at the Door & Midnight Oil

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Two enchanting memoirs from V. S. Pritchett, available for the first time in a single volume

A Cab at the Door, originally published in 1968, recalls his childhood in turn-of-the-century and World War I London with the urbane subtlety and wry humor that have marked his other works. For the wild and eccentric Pritchett family, life is a series of cabs waiting at the door to
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 12th 1994 by Modern Library (first published 1968)
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
'A Cab at the Door' is an account of growing up with an impossible, embarrassing set of parents. There's a picaresque quality to this first volume of autobiography. The hero's father is a Mr Micawberish character so the family is seen move from one shabby part of South London to another. Although the family were often hard up and the writer's schooldays were not happy, this isn't 'misery lit'. But neither does Pritchett go in for nostalgia. It's a thoughtful - sometimes affectionate - portrait o ...more
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Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, one must be a Pritchett fan to love his memoirs, but love them I do.
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Very well written, a good read, and a fascinating account of the author's eccentric forebears.
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Victor Sawdon Pritchett was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, the first of four children of Walter Sawdon Pritchett and Beatrice Helena (née Martin). His father, a London businessman in financial difficulties, had come to Ipswich to start a shop selling newspapers and stationery. The business was struggling and the couple were lodging over a toyshop at 41 St Nicholas Street where Pritchett was born on 16 ...more
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