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The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   9.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/03/2018

The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness

A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684413744
Digital Download ISBN:9781684413751


An enthralling, emotional memoir that recounts the ups and downs of coming-of-age, set against the music and literature of the 1970s.

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Raised in a small town in the north of England known primarily for its cotton mills, football team, and its deep roots in the "Respectable Working Class," Graham Caveney armed himself against the confusing nature of adolescence with a thick accent, a copy of Kafka, and a record collection including the likes of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division. All three provided him the opportunity to escape, even if just in mind, beyond his small-town borders. But, when those passions are noticed and preyed upon by a mentor, everything changes.

Now, as an adult, Caveney attempts to reconcile his past and present, coming to grips with both the challenges and wonder of adolescence, music, and literature. By turns angry, despairing, beautifully written, shockingly funny, and ultimately redemptive, The Boy with Perpetual Nervousness is a tribute to the power of the arts—and a startling, original memoir that "feels as if it had to be written, and demands to be read" (the Guardian UK).


"Caveney writes beautifully...Ultimately, though, it is not necessarily the writing but the raw emotion that remains with the reader, that and the hope for another volume of memoirs as memorable as this one." —Booklist Starred Review

"Extraordinary . . . brilliantly detailed, vivid and frequently very funny . . . A remarkable feat." —Editor's Choice, The Bookseller(UK)

“Heartbreaking and brilliant, yet still fun to read.” —Tama Janowitz, author of Scream and Slaves of New York

Author Bio

Graham Caveney has worked as a journalist, academic, and critic. He has contributed to the publications NME, Q, Blitz, and City Limits. He is the author of The Boy with Perpetual Nervousness; 'The Priest' They Called Him; Screaming with Joy; and, coauthor of Shopping in Space: Essays on American 'Blank Generation' Fiction.