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So They Call You Pisher! Michael Rosen

So They Call You Pisher! By Michael Rosen

So They Call You Pisher! by Michael Rosen

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The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner

So They Call You Pisher! Summary

So They Call You Pisher!: A Memoir by Michael Rosen

In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution; Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave "the Party." Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the 1968 movements.

So They Call You Pisher! Reviews

"In his writing, he puts on no airs; his literary background (English degree from Wadham, Oxford) has not held him up - or back. Sometimes his writing is so simple, you wonder at it: how did he resist the temptation to dress it up? He knows - in his work at least - when to stop." Kate Kellaway, Observer "The lovely thing about Rosen's writing is that it is rooted in the reality of his own post-war childhood - you can smell the matzo bray his father makes as a treat when his mother is out, hear the wheels squeak on his go-kart, sense the thrill of him and his 10-year-old friend Mart on holiday climbing the Sugar Loaf mountain and crossing from Wales into England with their trousers down." Guardian "Throughout his career, Rosen has inspired children and adults to fall in love with reading." Independent "He's too good a story-teller for this book not to be worth your while." - Spectator "Humorous and moving ... A memorable and worthwhile read from a principled man who celebrates the funny side of life." - Irish Times "He has the knack of instantly grabbing your attention... Rosen seems to have the unusual gift of being able to write affectionately and intelligently about his family, without quite tipping over into schmaltz" - Ian Sansom, New Statesman "As with almost every experience in this memoir, it seems like a poem waiting to happen." - Jewish Chronicle "As you would expect from an excellent storyteller like Rosen, the book is full of humour and optimism but with twinges of sadness." - Socialist Review "This hugely engaging memoir excavates the theatre of the mind and memory ... His anarchic humour, which is the hallmark of his children's poetry, threads throughout." - Morning Star

About Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is the author of over 140 books of poetry, stories and politics. He was the Children's Laureate between 2007-9 and is currently the professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths University. He has won numerous international awards for his work in literature. He presents Word of Mouth on BBC Radio 4.

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So They Call You Pisher!: A Memoir by Michael Rosen
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