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The Necessary Aptitude : A Memoir

Author(s): Pam Ayres

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Author Tour 1 - 6 November 2011.

An eagerly-awaited country childhood memoir by one of Britain's most-loved personalities. Pam Ayres is one of Britain's best-loved personalities. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and has her own Radio 4 programme Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show annually to sell-out audiences throughout Britain and around the world and her poetry collections are bestsellers. A key part of Pam’s shows and collections are her wonderfully wry and evocative anecdotes about her own life. Her autobiography will satisfy fans eager to hear more of these stories, and will follow her early life up to winning Opportunity Knocks in 1975. Growing up in a council house on the village green in (what was then) Berkshire, in the 1940s and 50s, Pam started her working life at 15 as a civil servant. However, she was so bored by the daily routine that she quit to join the Women’s Royal Air Force where she began to perform for the first time. Writing with her usual mix of good humour and poignancy, Pam’s autobiography is a classic memoir of a post-war country childhood in the vein of Cider with Rosie.


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Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster and entertainer for over 35 years since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975, and she has become an audience favourite for her sharp perception of the comic detail of everyday life. Pam is the author of several bestselling poetry collections, including With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced and The Works. Many of her poems are in school textbooks in countries including China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore. Pam's books, record albums, CDs and DVDs have sold many millions, and she is a regular guest on radio programmes such as Just A Minute, Loose Ends and Saturday Live. Her own programme Ayres on the Air will be entering its fourth series in 2012. Pam performs her solo stage show annually to sell-out audiences throughout Britain and around the world. In 2004 she was awarded the MBE.

General Fields

  • : 9780091945039
  • : ebury
  • : ebury
  • : 0.368
  • : September 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Pam Ayres
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 1011
  • : 792.7092
  • : 384