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  • Published: 15 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780307473172
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

Try to Tell the Story



David Thomson, one of our most celebrated film writers, gives us a haunting, fascinating memoir about growing up as an only child in wartime England.  He was born in London in the aftermath of the war, where he was raised by his mother, grandmother, and upstairs tenant, Miss Davis.  He remembers how his grandmother brought him to a street corner to see Churchill and how the bombed-out houses that still smelled of smoke became his playground. We see Thomson attempt to overcome his profound sadness at being abandonded  by his cold and distant father by finding solace in the cinema houses.  Movies became his great escape, and the worlds revealed in Red River, The Third Man, and Citizen Kane helped to alleviate his loneliness and bolster his rich imaginative life.

  • Published: 15 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780307473172
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

David Thomson

David Thomson was born in India in 1914 to Scottish parents, but grew up in Scotland and Derbyshire. After the period described in Woodbrook he developed a career in writing and at the BBC. He died in 1988.

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