Alan Plater - the memoir of a well-known and popular writer of numerous plays, screenplays and novels.
It started the day he heard Mood Indigo at his grandparents' house in Jarrow and continued in his prolonged adolescence when he fell in love with cowboy bands, failed to tune a zither, and perfected the arts of invisible juggling and under-achieving escapology.
Then, slightly to his surprise, came a life and career that have brought him a CBE, two CDs, three BAFTAs, four honorary degrees and fourteen grandchildren.
Music has been the vital ingredient throughout, with an extraordinary range of collaborators, including Alex Glasgow, the Watersons, Dave Greenslade, John Dankworth, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenny Baker and Alan Barnes.
As he said to the Queen at his investiture: 'Forty-five years without a proper job.
That's got to be some sort of achievement.' It is illustrated with cartoons by the author.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages, original drawings by Alan Plater
- Publisher: Northway Publications
- Publication Date: 03/02/2006
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9780955090806