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  • Published: 30 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448175383
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

My Difficult 80s

Does for the adolescent and student experience what Where Did It All Go Right? did for childhood

'Higher education comes at exactly the right time: in the twilight of your teens, you're just starting to coagulate as a human being, to pull away from parental influence and find your own feet. What better than three years in which to explore the inner you, establish a feasible worldview, and maybe get on Blockbusters.'

After an idyllic provincial 1970s childhood, the 1980s took Andrew Collins to London, art school and the classic student experience. Crimping his hair, casting aside his socks and sporting fingerless gloves, he became Andy Kollins: purveyor of awful poetry; disciple of moany music, and wannabe political activist. What follows is a universal tale of trainee hedonism, girl trouble, wasted grants and begging letters to parents.

A synth-soundtracked rite of passage that's often painfully funny, it traces one teenager's metamorphosis from sheltered suburban innocent to semi-mature metropolitan male through the pretensions and confusions of trying to stand alone for the first time in your own kung fu pumps in a big bad city.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448175383
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins is a writer and broadcaster, whose early career at the NME and Q led him to Radio 1, Radio 4 and 6 Music. He is Film Editor of Radio Times, the author of three memoirs, co-writer of BBC sitcoms Grass and Not Going Out, and the host of Saturday Night at the Movies on Classic FM.

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Praise for Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

“It's perceptive, moving and excruciatingly funny. A treasure”

Sunday Times

“Collins' easygoing charm is hard to resist. A welcome visitor into any home that houses a Nick Hornby or a Tony Parsons”

The Herald

“Beautifully observed, cleverly narrated and very readable, it's like being part of the great unwashed again”

Jockey Slut

“Entertaining and surprisingly familiar read ... Even for those of us who were still in pre-school at the time, the joys and lows are all given an added relevance via the author's emulation of Nick Hornby's self-deprecating humour. Like High Fidelity, if it had been written by a teenage Rob Fleming”

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