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When I Grow Up: A memoir

Bernice Rubens

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

* A moving, funny memoir by a great writer - from her wartime childhood to her stints as a teacher, lady's maid, actress and writer...

In a rare foray outside that natural home, Booker Prize-winner Bernice Rubens penned these memoirs 'while I still have a memory'. Poignantly, the highly-acclaimed author, literary bon-vivante and celebrated film-maker died shortly after completing them. She wasn't quite expecting that but nor, as she reveals in these pages, did she expect to become a writer. It wasn't the sort of thing that happened to girls born in Glossop Terrace in Splott, the 'unmentionable and indisputable armpit of Cardiff'. Bernice Rubens died in the autumn of 2004.

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Praise for When I Grow Up: A memoir

  • Hugely enjoyable. Rubens delivers her life story in the warm, direct, assured style of her novels, slipping into her old style so naturally that you may forget you're reading a memoir - GUARDIAN

  • Rubens was valiant, fierce and humorous ... an engaging self-portrait, her memoir is a small triumph - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • Reading Bernice Rubens is like playing grandmother's footsteps. You just wish that she hadn't already touched the finishing line - OBSERVER

  • Friends and admirers of her work can hear her voice again: sad, funny, indiscreet - DAILY MAIL

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Bernice Rubens

Bernice Rubens was born in Wales. Her novels include the Booker-Prize winning THE ELECTED MEMBER and A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE, which was shortlisted for the same award.

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