Al Murray's (AKA The Pub Landlord) musing on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began
Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can’t help himself.
Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War.
Part memoir, part life obsession, this is Al Murray musing on what he knows best. And he’s sure to tell you things about history that you were never taught at school.
©2013 Al Murray (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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"Really interesting way of learning about the war"
Gave some great stories about the war , the techy side was really interesting and I learnt a lot of stuff I didn't know
His pretense to be a jellied eel salt of the earth sort of guy ,rings hollow considering he's a public school boy though :/
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"A good buy"
I do like Al Murray so I may be biased, but I really liked this. The story was more than just Murray family stories, with some proper history in there too. It's not pub landlord, rather, a well considered collection of history and anecdotes and some thought provoking stuff.
"Al Murray is a great historian."
It is a very human account of boyish fascination with WW2 and a joy to hear.
His take on Arnhem and Montgomery made me re think my understanding of both, and his account of a double Victoria Cross winner was magic.
Himself as a boy, a son, a young man, a father and an historian was the perfect mix.
A true joy to read.
This book is full of the same stuff that filled my youth and still does! Great stuff inded.
"Very entertaining and some interesting history too"
I really enjoyed this book and Al Murray reads his own book with real feeling.
I really enjoyed this. Maybe is because at some moments it reminded me of my youth. But mostly because it funny, informative and very easy to listen to. Great book!
"Informative, entertaining & poignant"
Wasn't sure about this but enjoyed the (fairly) recent TV programmes on the same theme so gave it a go. Pleased I did. Much more intelligently presented than I expected and full of new perspectives on fairly well worn tales.
"A different view of Al Murray"
Not quite what I expected. Al took a while to get me comfortable, but I would certainly buy another of his books now.
Excellent voice and delivery - I always prefer books read by the author. The footnotes were excellent and Al's grasp of historical events is very deep. Made more interesting by the fact that we have similar interests in military history, although Ihave to say that his go deeper than mine.
Not heavy, but serious enough with some very funny parts , very well delivered. No big surprise there.
Worth a listen.
A brilliant book, really well researched and hugely informative,, genuinely laugh out loud funny especially if you watched war films with your father.
As usual Al Murray is on fine form.
I expected this to be all about ww2 but to my surprise it wasn't which made for a nice surprise I enjoyed how Al read the book and that it cover lots of different thing related to ww2 history, Al career and his child hood great book
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