The Necessary Aptitude: A Memoir

4.04 avg rating
( 92 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780091945039: The Necessary Aptitude: A Memoir

Next, I applied to work in the accounts department, a sealed room where women operated clattering machines like enormous typewriters. After I had catastrophically and erroneously applied all the wrong information to several trolley loads of documents and lumbered the staff with weeks of corrective work, I was shown the door by a tight-lipped manageress. I knew what was coming. Over the relentless, furious din of machinery, I lip-read the familiar words: "Lacks the necessary aptitude."

Pam Ayres' early childhood in Stanford in the Vale was idyllic in many ways, and typical of that experienced by a great swathe of children born in rural areas in the immediate postwar years. Though her parents' generation was harrowed by war, better times were coming. Everything the family needed was within walking distance in the village, and life with four older brothers and a sister in their crowded council house was exceedingly lively. In her late teens, Pam grew dissatisfied with her life as a Civil Service clerk with only the local "hop" for scintillating excitement. Having seen three of her brothers called up for National Service and sent off to exciting destinations, Pam felt desperate for travel and adventure. She joined the WRAF and soon found herself in the Far East. There she began to write in earnest, and develop the unique talent that would make her one of Britain's favorite comics.Written with Pam's much-loved combination of humor and poignancy, The Necessary Aptitude is a beautifully written account of her early years.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for ,more than 35 years since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975, and she has become an audience favorite for her sharp perception of the comic detail of everyday life. Pam is the author of several poetry collections, including With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced, and The Works. Her books, CDs, and DVDs have sold  millions, and she is the star of  Ayres on the Air.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ayres, Pam
Published by Ebury Press
ISBN 10: 0091945038 ISBN 13: 9780091945039
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ebury Press. Book Condition: New. 2011. Paperback. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KTJ0024719

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ayres, Pam
Published by Ebury Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091945038 ISBN 13: 9780091945039
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ebury Press, 2011. Book Condition: New. 2011. Paperback. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # KTJ0024719

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Ayres, Pam
Published by Ebury Press 2011-01-01 (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091945038 ISBN 13: 9780091945039
New Paperback Quantity Available: 15
Seller
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ebury Press 2011-01-01, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9780091945039B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Ayres, Pam
Published by Ebury Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0091945038 ISBN 13: 9780091945039
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
St Michaels Hospice
(St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ebury Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000018354

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 19.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Pam Ayres
ISBN 10: 0091945038 ISBN 13: 9780091945039
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800919450391.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds