George Melly is 79 nudging 80. He walks very slowly nowadays. He's losing control over his bladder, and his bowels. And he's constantly being probed and tinkered with at St Mary's Hospital: like an old car in and out of the garage. This book is his account about how it feels to be growing old and irresistibly slowing down.
George Melly is 79 nudging 80. You'll probably think, 'That's not old these days'. And it's true, George is still swinging and singing, fly-fishing, flirting, and for now just playing at senility. But it's not as if he were the Queen Mother. He walks very slowly nowadays. He's losing control over his bladder, and his bowels. He no longer, being quite deaf, enjoys noisy parties. He's been seriously ill once, and not quite well often. And he's constantly being probed and tinkered with at St Mary's Hospital: like an old car in and out of the garage. Sex has walked out on him, but Irish Whiskey, in only slightly diminished quantities, remains a good friend. This remarkably cheerful book is his diary of it all. This book is an extraordinary, darkly funny, frank, and larger-than-life account about how it feels to be growing old and irresistibly slowing down.
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Wit, jazz institution, writer and raconteur, George Melly was born in 1928 and made his name in the trad scene of the late 40s and 50s, singing with Mick Mulligan's band. In the 60s he switched careers and became one of the UK's most ubiquitous critics, writers and TV personalities. He's published a great number of books, including his acclaimed three previous volumes of autobiography: Owning Up (1965), Rum, Bum and Concertina (1977) and Scouse Mouse (1984). In the early 70s he returned to music, and today he can be found singing with John Chilton's band, and with the trumpeter Digby Fairweather. In 2004 George Melly was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Jazz Awards.
Slowing down by George Melly
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