Author(s): Alan Davies
The story of a life built on sand. In the rain. In this compelling memoir, comedian and actor Alan Davies recalls his boyhood with vivid insight and devastating humour. Shifting between his 1970s upbringing and his life today, Davies moves poignantly from innocence to experience to the clarity of hindsight, always with a keen sense of the absurd. From sibling dynamics, to his voiceless, misunderstood progression through school, sexuality and humiliating 'accidents', Davies inhabits his younger mind with spectacular accuracy, sharply evoking an era when Green Shield Stamps, Bob-a-Job week and Whizzer & Chips loomed large, a bus fare was 2p - and children had little power in the face of adult motivation. Here, there are often exquisitely tender recollections of the mother he lost at six years old, of a bereaved family struggling to find its way, and the kicks and confusion of adolescence. Through even the joyous and innocent memories, the pain of Davies's lifelong grief and profound betrayal is unfiltered, searing and beautifully articulated. Just Ignore Him is not only an autobiography, it is a testament to a survivor's resilience and courage.
What a story. One almost wishes it wasn’t true. Alan has been my favourite person for some time now but after reading this, I am not ashamed to count him as one of my heroes. If I should ever feel trapped in life, I can always return to this book and know that even the hardest moments can be endured . This book teaches us that kindness and humour are not only attractive qualities of one’s character but they are also essential for one’s survival. I will try to remember that as I go through life, grateful to have learned it from this book.
Nar Hayden from goodreads.com