- Publisher: Particular Books
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 111mm x 181mm x 8mm | 89g
- Publication date: 14 August 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1846146399
- ISBN 13: 9781846146398
- Sales rank: 35,795
Lucy is a Chelsea girl, brought up off the King's Road in the seventies when punk was in full bloom. Her family comes in the wonderful tradition of English eccentrics. In Heads and Straights, she creates a funny, moving account of a family eager to escape the confines of class. Through interlocking tales of their extravagant and often selfdestructive journeys away from the Circle line stops of Sloane Square, South Kensington and Gloucester Road, Lucy evokes the collision between conformism and bohemian excess and the complicated class antipathies that flourished in that particular time and place. In the end we are left wondering - is it ever possible to escape, or do we, in our travels, simply loop back on ourselves?
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Lucy Wadham was born in London and has lived in France for the past twenty years. She is the author of Lost, shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction. Her most recent book is The Secret Life of France.
`A rich, vital family saga, and a feat of narrative compression`. (The Times). `Authors include the masterly John Lanchester, the children of Kids Company, comic John O'Farrell and social geographer Danny Dorling. Ranging from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. All experience the city as a cultural phenomenon and notice its nature and its people. Read individually they're delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city`. (Evening Standard). `Exquisitely diverse`. (The Times). `Eclectic and broad-minded ...beautifully designed`. (Tom Cox, Observer). `A fascinating collection with a wide range of styles and themes. The design qualities are excellent, as you might expect from Penguin with a consistent look and feel while allowing distinctive covers for each book. This is a very pleasing set of books`. (A Common Reader blog). `The contrasts and transitions between books are as stirring as the books themselves ...A multidimensional literary jigsaw`. (Londonist). `A series of short, sharp, city-based vignettes - some personal, some political and some pictorial ...each inimitable author finds that our city is complicated but ultimately connected, full of wit, and just the right amount of grit`. (Fabric Magazine). `A collection of beautiful books`. (Grazia). [Praise for Lucy Wadham]: `Penetrating insight and dry observation`. (Independent). `Beautifully clever and intellectually challenging`. (Good Housekeeping). `Effortless wit and keen intelligence`. (New Statesman).