Swan River (HB)
As a child, David Reynolds developed a fascination with the mysterious disappearance of his long-dead grandfather. Over the years he has pieced together the story: of tragic romance in Victorian London, and of the harsh lives of turn-of-the-century Canadian homesteaders. He recounts the tale with grace and humour, introducing a colourful cast of family patriarchs, cockney urchins and music hall artistes. All of this contrasts with the story of David's own childhood, of his thoroughly enjoyable mispent youth in the swinging London of the 1960s, and of his sometimes uncertain relationship with his father, a complex man best encapsulated as a warm-hearted monster.
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- Hardback | 368 pages
- 122 x 182 x 14mm | 199.58g
- 09 Nov 2001
- Pan MacMillan
- London, United Kingdom
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'I can honestly say that this memoir gripped and moved me in a way which I haven't experienced with any book for a long, long time. I am simply bowled over by it' Jonathan Coe
David Reynolds was born in London and grew up there and in Buckinghamshire. He was trainee sub-editor on the underground magazine Oz and the editor of the National Secular Society's weekly newspaper, The Freethinker, before graduating as a mature student from LSE. He worked in book publishing for many years and in 1986 was one of the founders of Bloomsbury Publishing, where he was Deputing Managing Director and Publishing Director (Non-Fiction) until he left in 1999 to concentrate on writing. He is married, lives in London and has three daughters.