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Broken Greek
Broken Greek | Pete Paphides
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*Listen along with Pete's BROKEN GREEK playlist on Spotify!* 'Lip-lickingly, dance-around-the-living-room good... A smash hit' Observer 'Unflinching and heartwarming' - Adam Kay 'Tender, clever and as funny as it gets ... a heart-piercing joy' - Lauren Laverne 'An exceptional coming-of-age story [...] Pete Paphides may very well have the biggest heart in Britain' - Marina Hyde 'I ADORE this utterly wonderful coming-of-age memoir. Joyful, clever, and a bit heartbreaking' - Nina Stibbe 'Heartfelt, hilarious and beautifully written, Broken Greek is a childhood memoir like no other' - Cathy Newman 'So wonderfully written, such a light touch. Drenched in sentiment yet not in the least sentimental' - John Niven 'It's brilliant. Sad, really funny and beautifully written ... just fantastic' - Alexis Petridis 'A truly beautiful book' - James O'Brien 'Intoxicating' - Kirsty Wark 'Oh, how I love Pete Paphides and this book' - Daniel Finkelstein 'A balm in these times' David Nicholls 'Fantastic ... Can't recommend it highly enough' Tim Burgess __________ 'Do you sometimes feel like the music you're hearing is explaining your life to you?' When Pete's parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no money and only a little bit of English. They opened a fish-and-chip shop in Acocks Green. The Great Western Fish Bar is where Pete learned about coin-operated machines, male banter and Britishness. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age 4 to 7, and found refuge instead in the bittersweet embrace of pop songs, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc. From Brotherhood of Man to UB40, from ABBA to The Police, music provided the safety net he needed to protect him from the tensions of his home life. It also helped him navigate his way around the challenges surrounding school, friendships and phobias such as visits to the barber, standing near tall buildings and Rod Hull and Emu. With every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British. And the engine of that realisation? 'Sugar Baby Love', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 'Tragedy', 'Silly Games', 'Going Underground', 'Come On Eileen', and every other irresistibly thrilling chart hit blaring out of the chip shop radio. Never have the trials and tribulations of growing up and the human need for a sense of belonging been so heart-breakingly and humorously depicted.
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Vansa
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#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon
All 3 books in this were among my top reads last year, and I got ExCELLENT playlists from all of them.
1.Ive always trimmed my bangs myself,this year I trimmed my hair too! Since it's long,I just put it in a ponytail and cut off the ends! Efficient,if not very even!
2.I have a bad throat ache and the sniffles,thankful I'm on leave from work,would have been difficult to work through a cold medicine haze!

Vansa My Goodreads review of We ride upon sticks https://www.goodreads.com/review/3522711778/comments 2y
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... videos of ‘Somebody to Love‘ and ‘You‘re My Best Friend‘ seemed to authenticate the sentiments of songs that hymned the glories of tenderness and companionship. Here were four grown men being soft around each other, close-huddling around overhead mics, separated only by the cotton of their shirts. Their hair was long, their body language bordering on effete. This was a vision of male adult friendship I had never seen before...

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charl08
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And name that band...

TrishB 😄 Dexys maybe... 3y
charl08 @TrishB 🍾🍾🍾🍾 exactly. 3y
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charl08
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Lost in translation...

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charl08
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Read the book, listen to the songs.
Well, some of them (!) I'm not as much of a fan of early 80s music as the author.

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charl08
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I love the idea that the naughtiest kids are keeping a secret about school discipline from everyone else...

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charl08
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My mum is a big CR fan. I won't be showing her this!

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charl08
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I love the way he captures how children's logic sometimes doesn't have all the info, but makes a weird kind of sense...

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charl08
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... the newly created Spanish High Commission of Boogie...

Vansa I've been listening to the abridged version read by him on the BBC , and this book is SO GOOD. I remember my mum singing this song to me when I was a kid!!! 3y
charl08 @vansa I am enjoying it more than I thought I would - usually with music memoirs I just know a few of the songs, but he's happily covering lots of cheesy hits which I (still) love. 3y
TrishB Have this one on my tbr 👍🏻 3y
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charl08
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This bio is soaked in music...

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charl08
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Mind blown. I've never clicked they were singing Wimbledon Common not Wimbledon/ common until now!

humouress 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3y
humouress Although I must confess I used to think that too, before I discovered that there was a place called Wimbledon Common 3y
charl08 I knew they lived on the common (we had one where I grew up too) but still didn't click 🤷‍♀️... @humouress ress 3y
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