Mrs. Slocombe's Pussy: Growing Up in Front of the Telly

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For most of us, sitting in our living rooms looking for an excuse not to talk to each other of a Thursday night, a million million miles away from moon landings and Cold War tension and Third World famine, it is the addiction to a little flickering box in the corner that has shaped our lives since the late 1950s. In this personal tribute to teleheaven, Stuart Jeffries explores the way in which our lives have been coloured by looking at the world through the cathode ray tube; how the historical markers of late 20th century Britain have been, not wars and treaties, coronations and abdications, executions and pardons, but Noel Edmond's beard, Angela Rippon's legs, and, if you're free, Mrs Slocombe's pussy.

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Stuart Jeffries works as an editor and contributing journalist for the Guardian, and is currently responsible for producing the Review supplement every Friday. He was born in middle England in 1962, and used to edit the Walsall Observer's children's page.

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'The Fever Pitch of telly.' Scotland on Sunday 'Jeffries' scintillating humour conveys serious and though-provoking ideas in this hilariously Proustian, witty, entertaining and wholly idiosyncratic study of growing up with television.' Daily Mail 'This is as captivating an account of a life lived with television as one is likely to encounter.' TLS 'Unnervingly clever and witty.' Independent 'Enviably funny and original.' Evening Standard

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