‘I never once attended a Sunday morning church service in Stanford. There was always the feeling that they weren’t aimed at families like ours.’
Pam Ayres was the sixth child in a hard-up family who lived in a council house, her parents’ generation were harrowed by the war. Yet they lived by the green in the village of Stanford in the Vale, where everything you needed was within walking distance and the sound of motorcars was rarely heard. Then reaching her teens, Pam realised how few opportunities she had. At fifteen she started working for the civil service, and for a social life she had the local ‘hop’. Pam knew she had to reach out for more, and sought it first in the WRAF. But it was some time before she discovered the unique talent that would make her one of Britain’s best-loved comics …
Containing Pam’s much-loved combination of humour and poignancy, The Necessary Aptitude is a beautifully written memoir of growing up in the country in post-war Berkshire.
©2011 Pam Ayres (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
“Ayres gives a wonderful account of what it was like to grow up poor but respectable in post-war rural England. Some of her writing in the early chapters, describing life as the youngest of six children in a council cottage in the Vale of White Horse, Berkshire, has the original freshness of classics such as Flora Thompson's Lark Rise to Candleford.”Mail on Sunday
yes because I remember lots of things sheb talks about
her poems will be next
"Laugh until you cry"
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a pure joy and pleasure. I laughed until my body hurt. It took me down memory lane reminding me of people and an era I had once known. Pam has managed to conjure up vivid pictures of her young life through to her military career that you feel you are there with her. Throughout the whole story you feel she comes from a caring and loving family. The icing on the cake being that the book is narrated by Pam herself.
"ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL - a gem."
Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful.
Unforced. Funny. Lovely voice. Felt like she was in the room, having a chat.
I bought this title with no real expectations. Pam has always been around in the background of my life (childhood, tv, radio) and I thought it might be a pleasant enough 'listen'. It was a revelation. An absolutely wonderful tome - filled with genuine laughter, pathos and sharp observations regarding her own (very minor) flaws. I loved it! Cannot recommend it highly enough.Wonderful.
"A Real Joy"
I listened to this over a few days in December and it was a perfect pre-Christmas listen. Really warm, gently funny and evocative of an era now passed. Beautifully read.
If you want an easy, peaceful and soothing, up-lifting listen, I recommend this book to you.
"Funny, nostalgic, warm & wonderful!"
I absolutely loved this - how fantastic to hear the lady herself read this. A really special audio-book.Highly recommended.
I have read many books, and have only recently started to use audio. This is one of the very best, I have loved listening to Pam's voice as she tells the incredibly interesting story of her life. Thank you.
Go ahead buy it, it will surely make you laugh, weep a tear and lift boring misbegotten day. The books a dream.
What an extraordinary life Pam Ayres has led, she has never forgotten her humble beginnings nor got too big for her boots.
The matter-of-fact descriptive style of both the successes and failures
A wonderfully gentle and delightfully entertaining description of Pam Ayres' life and background. The audio-book has kept me company and distracted me from several boringly repetitive jobs at work for several days, and I'm happy to have it in by audible library to listen to again when the mood takes me.
Such a wonderful and charming book, I was tearful in the final chapters as I didn't want it to end.
A thoroughly delightful and worthwhile listen. One of the most charming autobiographies I've come across.
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