So They Call You Pisher? by Michael Rosen
A Memoir

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From memories of his Shakespeare-quoting father, to forging his own path towards becoming a professional writer, this memoir is also a powerful love letter to literature.
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The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner

“If you didn’t know whether to risk doing something, what’s the worst that could happen? ‘So they call you pisher!’”

In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.

Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution; Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave “the Party.” Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the 1968 movements.
 

About Michael Rosen

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Michael J. Rosen is the author, illustrator, or editor of something like fifty books for both adults and children, including the biennial humor series, Mirth of a Nation.
 
Published October 17, 2017 by Verso. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Aug 27 2017

From memories of his Shakespeare-quoting father, to forging his own path towards becoming a professional writer, this memoir is also a powerful love letter to literature.

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