Making the Best of Things: The Autobiography of a Camberwell Lad


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Camberwell Boy is the story of a working class family's upbringing on a South London council estate in the s. It is seen through my eyes, being the bastard love child of my Mother, which made me very different from my siblings. My Mother herself, was born into poverty, though her family prior to , were middle class.

She lost her father at aged five and then her mot Camberwell Boy is the story of a working class family's upbringing on a South London council estate in the s.

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“The Boy From East Dulwich”

She lost her father at aged five and then her mother at aged ten from suicide, following a direct bomb hit on their Walworth home, where her son was seriously injured and near death. Following two years evacuation with her slightly older sister, they were taken in by their well off Auntie. She made the decision to keep the malleable sister and deposit my Mother into the Dr Barnardos organisation. This rejection, separation from her sister and her consequent knowledge of her Mother's cause of death, made her unmanageable and she was pushed from pillar to post for the next two years by Barnardos.

The Barnardos file I have on my Mother is the largest that they had ever compiled. She ran away from Barnardos at the age of fifteen following a work place harassment and disappeared into the London post war ether, surviving on her intelligence and beauty.

"The Boy From East Dulwich" - Camberwell Borough CouncilCamberwell Borough Council

The story veers between my experience within the family and my Mother's story. It is a tragic story of hard knocks and survival. It also depicts a way of life which is now extinct, due to the changing demographics of London, for it shows the Cockney community spirit with its shared values and culture. It isn't pc in places, but it is an honest account of the times that I grew up in.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 02, Ann Ramsey rated it it was amazing. Brilliant Absolutely loved this book. As Bray points out in the closing pages: In its aim to use Caine's story to document a story of class in 20th-century Britain, A Class Act is most successful in the early chapters, when Caine is a bit-part player in a wider story, rather than the lead. Bray uses other celebrated locals - itinerant and otherwise - to offer insights into the lives of the natives.

The distinction between the north and south of the river was, in many ways, as marked as that between the north and south of the country; London's bridges are a symbolic divide between the poor relation of southeast London and the wealth of the West End and the City. When, by the mids, Michael Caine had made that transition, sharing a flat in Harley Street with his contemporary from the East End, Terence Stamp, the pair collaborated on a script entitled Across the River.

It told the story of a boy like Caine who had made that leap. The project was one of a number within the actor's career that never came to fruition.

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He turned down the chance to work with Hitchcock. A project with Billy Wilder, after the director witnessed Caine's cross-dressing psychopath in Dressed to Kill, came to nothing.

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Orson Welles and Caine were originally earmarked for the screen adaptation of The Dresser. And Caine has never returned to the theatre since his days in rep, rejecting a chance to resurrect his role in Neil Simon's California Suite on Broadway because of stage fright. Caine was an apprentice actor while John Osborne was putting Jimmy Porter on the stage, the first of a gang of working-class anti-heroes that would soon dominate the British cinema.

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