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Part memoir, part comic mologue, this is an ensemble of mishaps and anecdotes that, taken together, reveals the ups and downs of one woman's life. Relentlessly self-deprecating, Sylvia Smith's diary at first seems to relay the humdrum, everydayness of living, yet it steadily gains momentum as a darker undertone gathers force. Interspersed between humorous tales of first-date disasters and get-rich-quick schemes gone awry, the reader is thrown off-balance by the loss of sexual incence and a pervading sense of loneliness. As Sylvia stumbles from one temporary job to ather, and through a variety of furnished flats, her deadpan delivery is shot through with moments of sandpaper-dry wit.
Born in East London to working-class parents as the Second World War was drawing to a close, SYLVIA SMITH ducked out of a career in hairdressing at the last minute to begin a life of office work. She is unmarried with no children. A driving licence and a school swimming certificate are her only qualifications, although she is also quite good at dressmaking. Misadventures is her first book. She lives in London