Spalding bookshop’s choice read

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Bookmark of Spalding has picked Going to Sea in a Sieve by Danny Baker as its book of the week.

Danny Baker was born in Deptford in south-east London. He has worked on magazines and radio for over 30 years, and currently presents on Radio 5 Live.

This is the first hilarious volume of comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker’s memoir, and now the inspiration for the major BBC series Cradle to Grave, starring Peter Kay.

‘And what was our life like in this noisy, dangerous and polluted industrial pock-mark wedged into one of the capital’s toughest neighbourhoods? It was, of course, utterly magnificent and I’d give anything to climb inside it again for just one day.’

With his trademark humour and eye for a killer anecdote, he takes us all the way from the council house he shared with mum Betty and dad ‘Spud’ (played by Peter Kay) to the music-biz excesses of Los Angeles, where he famously interviewed Michael Jackson for NME. Laugh-out-loud funny, it is also an affectionate but unsentimental hymn to a bygone era.

The book retails for £8.99 but there is a discount coupon in the Spalding Guardian of September 24 which gives 20 per cent at Bookmark in Spalding.