Subtitled “A Teenager in Suburbia”, this latest memoir covers the years from her birth to when she left home at the age of 18 for university in Hull (and a life spent with her EBTG bandmate Ben Watt).
In it Tracey describes the stupifying boredom of being raised during the 1970s in an insular green-belt suburben village, where everything of interest is a commute away, and the artistic itch she began to scratch as a schoolgirl.
Extracts from her diaries reveal lists of things she didn’t do, didn’t buy, parties she didn’t attend, and an absence of events which did happen and caused lasting anxiety (she was convinced her mum was reading her journals). And lists of music she heard, which will appeal to the AW.
Along with thoughts on aging, creativity, and reflections on being menopausal with teenage daughters. All told in her own voice.
At just about 200 pages, I ripped through it in a long afternoon.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Bedsit Disco Queen, musicians memoirs, parenting guides, reflections on middle age.
One thing you’ve learned
You can’t change where you’re from, but you can change where you go. Having left for Hull at the age of 18, she didn’t ever return.
Tracey’s 6 years older than me and raised 7 miles away. If she thinks Brookmans Park was boring, she should have tried living in Brickendon! Brookmans Park had shops (which I used to cycle to, for a bit of entertainment).