Saturday, 30 September 2017
Ray Gosling: Sum Total and Personal Copy
Sum Total (3* to 5*)
Personal Copy: a Memoir of the Sixties (3* to 5*)
Ray Gosling was a writer and broadcaster who made television and radio programmes about ordinary people. These autobiographies, ‘Sum Total’ written when he was 21, and ‘Personal Copy’ when he was 40, are of varied consistency (some parts of them are 5*), but are at their best fascinating memoirs of the fifties and sixties. They document how, despite going to grammar school and university, which he left fairly quickly, he rejected any idea of a middle-class professional career and organized and campaigned for working-class causes. He conveys a strong sense of how the times they were a-changin’. His evocative eulogy to the now lost St. Ann's community of Nottingham is extraordinary.
I've now written a blog post about him.