A LIFE IN THE DAY: Memories of Sixties London

A LIFE IN THE DAY: Memories of Sixties London

HUNTER DAVIES    Book Number: 85540    Product format: Hardback

Hunter Davies was a leading chronicler of the Sixties from his vantage point as a Sunday Times journalist, and in this second memoir he takes the reader on an exciting and emotional ride, from the heady days when the Beatles were personal friends to the desolation of the loss of his wife, the novelist Margaret Forster. In 1961 he lands a job on the Atticus column of the Sunday Times, purveying high-class gossip as a successor of Sacheverell Sitwell and Ian Fleming. Hunter claims that, during a boring day in the office, it was he who pointed out to the city editor, William Rees-Mogg, that his secretary was in love with him, thus becoming responsible for the couple's marriage and now-famous son, the Tory MP Jacob. In 1967 Hunter interviewed the playwright Tom Stoppard, who claimed that his own ambition was to write the Atticus column. When Hunter wrote a screenplay which flopped, Paul McCartney and Jane Asher came to the premiere, but no-one talked to Hunter and Margaret so they left early. In 1966 Hunter interviewed Paul for the Atticus column and this time got involved in writing the Beatles' biography. The following years were a riot of the unexpected, including John's aunt Mimi asking Hunter to take out all John's bad language, but the most exciting thing was spending months at Abbey Road watching them perform. The final chapters focus on Margaret's cancer with remarkable honesty and sensitivity. 374pp, colour and black and white photos.
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ISBN 9781471161292
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