It struck me (and I know many people would like to) that you may be wondering what this 'nostalgedy' nonsense is all about? This is intended to be a bit of an explanation.
I think the best thing I can do is to quote from some of the reviews I've been very lucky to receive. For example, Gingerlily from Ireland put it like this:
"Its the same formula of gently amusing stories picking fun at everybody, but most of all the author himself... Its all very likeable and appealing stuff and very easy to read. Philip has this knack for finding the amusing in everyday things. As with the first one, it can be enjoyed with you feet up and a nice pot of tea and biscuits."
and Alina from Australia says:
"One of the strengths of this book is that you feel like you're sitting around the pub talking chite with an old friend as Phil reminds you of how absurd much of your babyboomer childhood and adolescence was."
In other words, I spend my time going over some of the embarrassing moments from my past in the hope that people might find this amusing, and they seem to! The beauty of this is that incidents that may have been the cause of sharp words and tension at the time can, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, be converted into light-hearted stories. Things such as this:
"Dad insisted on providing the turkey for this feast, which was something of a concern because Dad disliked doing anything in a conventional manner. If he bought anything, it was always through ‘someone who knows someone’ who could allegedly get it cheaper, bigger or faster, or all three. This sort of arrangement tended to lead to considerable uncertainty, which was not conducive to the peace of mind of my aunt and uncle, who were great ones for doing things properly. Thus the scene was set for potential disaster.