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'A Life in the Day' is the second part of Hunter Davies' autobiography, and the follow up to 'The Co-op's Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North', which I have yet to read.
I bought "A Life in the Day' on a whim when it came up as an Audible deal of the day. The only other book I have read by Hunter Davies is 'The Glory Game', a brilliant study of a season embedded with Tottenham Hotspur FC in the early 1970s.
'A Life in the Day' picks up Hunter's life in the early 1960s and describes his marriage, his family and his professional life. The primary narrative is about his marriage to Margaret Forster and his enduring love for her. It's hard to conceive of a more idyllic partnership. Sadly her recurrent bouts of cancer finally killer her in February 2016, and the final few chapters of this book are about her last months. It's extremely moving and a wonderful tribute.
I was hoping for a bit more on his time with the Beatles and the 1960s more generally. Hunter touches on these areas but as he has written so many books, and newspaper columns, and done many other interesting things, he doesn't dwell on anything for long. The only subject that gets extensively covered is his life with Margaret.
I really enjoyed this autobiography, but I am bias as I have followed his writings for the past 20 years and enjoy his style, humour, but not always his politics, however such is life and Hunter has done good. He clearly was in love with his wife and always in awe of her books, maybe not reciprocated by her, but she was a strong and independent woman, which is just what he wanted, no doubt. The chapters of her passing away were very sad, but written with honesty and clarity.
Great stories and a good insight into his writings from a junior cub reporter...one of his first books I read was the A Wainwrights Biography where I wrote to him saying how much I enjoyed it. He sent me back a lovely postcard of his house in Loweswater saying that I now had my very own postcard of the Lakes...what a charming man and says much about the individual...I wish him all the very best as he embarks on life without his rock!