On Wheels

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – November 2012
Weaving together intimate memory, anecdote and historical example, Michael Holroyd traces his relationship with cars and driving through a lifetime of biography. There's Michael's military-operation-style driving lessons where he spends whole lessons learning how to get in and out of the car in the correct fashion; his biographical subject George Bernard Shaw who continued to drive with reckless gusto into his eightieth year; and the story of Michael's beloved Daf which on Catholic football match days in Dublin would get a thorough beating from the fans thanks to its English number plate.

Wry, thoughtful and very funny, On Wheels is an elegy to the glamour of the car. Sly and perceptive to a fault, in these five delightful essays Michael Holroyd finds new and surprising ways to understand the past and challenge our view of the future.
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ISBN-13: 9780701187439
ISBN-10: 0701187433
Pagini: 128
Ilustrații: 10 b/w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 184 x 151 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.17 kg
Editura: Vintage Publishing

Notă biografică

Besides the biographies of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey (which was filmed as Carrington), MICHAEL HOLROYD has written three volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. A Strange Eventful History won the James Tait Black Prize, and was a biography of two great theatrical dynasties which included Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and her son Edward Gordon Craig. His most recent book, A Book of Secrets, combined memoir with biographies of a number of notable women. He has been president of the Royal Society of Literature and is the first non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.


"A charming book...elegantly written" -- Alexei Sayle Telegraph "Holroyd's elegant little essays are a pleasure to read...these are witty, quotable jeux d'esprit" -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times "A great Christmas present for those hurtling towards their driving test. A subtle delight" The Lady "Jolly, illustrated salute to the cars in his own life and the lives he has biographised in a long literary career. Lovely. Toot! Toot!" -- Iain Finlayson The Times "A delightful memoir-cum-social history which is wry, self-deprecating and anything but stuffy. his elegant musings provide an ideal festive pick-me-up, compact enough to fit in a stocking, and packing enough pep to burn any rival off the road" -- Andrew Lycett Sunday Telegraph