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Description - From Working Class Hero to Absolute Disgrace by Stephen Foster

When Stephen Foster first left his northern home and headed south in search of work, he did not appreciate how far two hundred miles could be. A few years on, working with Hackney decorators by day and serving lobster thermidore in Claridges by night, he was a new man: all shortened vowels, double kisses, and posh white wine.His epiphany came on a visit home - sitting on a wall in Stoke-on-Trent in company with a gang of his old school mates after a reunion. Foster had been in a minority at the event: he no longer lived in Stoke or anywhere near. After a time he began to notice certain absentees; friends fallen by the wayside of life.As the line of forty-year-old schoolboys tipped their cans of bitter and lager to their lips, to show their respect, the author lifted his own bottle - of Chablis.'When did you get to become such a fairy, Foster?' one asked.'You're a proper middle-class softie now, aren't you?' said another.In the hilarious, mordant voice that readers will recognise from Walking Ollie, Stephen Foster describes his journey from northern hero to southern class-traitor - and back.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781906021214
ISBN-10: 190602121X
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 136mm x mm)
Pages: 26
Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster is the author of the short story collection, It Cracks Like Breaking Skin, and the novel Strides about love and trousers. She Stood There Laughing, his account of a season following Stoke City, was one of the best selling sports books in the UK in 2004. His most recent title, the touching and funny, Walking Ollie, enjoys a continuing successful sales record. He lives in Norwich with his partner and a lurcher he tamed himself.

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