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Romany and Tom: A Memoir Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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“Keenly observed . . . A thoughtful, sensitively wrought memoir.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Unsentimental but moving . . . He recreates scenes and places with an effortless immediacy . . . In the end, Watt casts an illuminating light on those strange figures he calls parents, and on ours.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[A] beautiful, faithful memoir of his parents. It made me bawl roughly every thirty pages. Most impressive of all is the book's near-perfect structure. Sly and seamless, its abundant layers offer one of the most complete depictions of a marriage I have ever read.” ―New Statesman
“A poignant, life-affirming work.” ―The Financial Times
“A love affair told in reverse . . . Neither sentimental nor savage, yet often wise, moving and entertaining within the same paragraph, Romany and Tom is a major achievement.” ―The Guardian
“Watt's prose [is] elegant, crisp and clean. His approach to tough subjects [is] unflinchingly unsentimental . . . Watt holds back the main mystery about his parents until later on . . . the effect is like a blow to the heart.” ―The Observer
“In this elegantly written and clear-sighted memoir, Watt--who is best known as one half of the pop duo Everything But The Girl--juxtaposes memories of growing up in a household of boho, hard-drinking parents, with his later efforts to help them navigate old age, with all the fear, stubbornness and disorientation that comes with it . . . A tender work. . . cutting to the heart of the frustrations that come with caring for one's parents who were, not long ago, just like us.” ―Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Born in 1962, Ben Watt is a musician, songwriter, DJ, and author. His first book, Patient, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is most well-known for his twenty-year career in the altpop duo Everything But The Girl. He is also an international club and radio DJ, and since 2003 has run his own record labels. His first solo album in thirty years is expected in 2014. He lives in north London with his wife, Tracey Thorn, and their three children.
Follow him on Twitter: @Ben_Watt
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Watt is as brilliant in this book as he's always been in his work as a songwriter, musician and producer.
This is a very private story. One filled with despair, alcoholism and loneliness. It is very accurate in describing the times of the 60s and the life of stars. The glimmer of hope is how hard the author tries over and over to be the son his parents want not just the one they need. Mr. Watt’s perseverance in not simply walking away from these two selfish individuals is testimony to the kind soul that he is – and yet, you almost want to tell him RUN! The book is about the challenges this family faced and how they survived. NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.