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  • Another Planet

  • A Teenager in Suburbia
  • By: Tracey Thorn
  • Narrated by: Tracey Thorn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Summary

In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.

Before she was a best-selling musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.

Returning more than three decades later to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. With her trademark wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt postwar dream so many artists have mocked and so many artists have come from.

©2019 Tracey Thorn (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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mundane reading of childhood diaries

i'd hoped for more. She's obviously an erudite woman, yet this book is tedious in the extreme. Avoid unless you're a super fan (or at least more of a fan while than I apparently am) returned

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Loved it

The extent to which you might enjoy Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia (2019) will probably be determined by how much you can relate to it. Tracey Thorn grew up in Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire and this book explores her feelings and experiences during her childhood in the 1970s. I had a friend who lived in Brookmans Park who I used to go and stay with quite regularly. I am just a few months older than Tracey, hare virtually all the same reference points and grew up feeling much the same as she did about my parents and my life. Similarly I was energised and enthused by punk rock. Needless to say I loved this book which reminded me of my own childhood and actually made me appreciate growing up in north London suburbia rather than a small commuter village in the green belt. At least I was a bit closer to the action in central London.

It's more than just a memoir too. Tracey has some quite profound and instructive thoughts on the 1970s, her parents generation, becoming a parent herself and generation gaps. If any of that sounds like the sort of thing you would enjoy, then read it. You will enjoy it.

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Sympathetic

for anyone seeing London as the destination of escape from suburbia, it's very sympathetic. On the downside it's not as exciting as Bedsit Disco Queen. Hearing her speaking voice .... to thinking of her unique singing voice at the same time, what's MISSING is a tune or two !

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An interesting look back that I could relate to.

If I’m honest this book was not what I was expecting (not really sure what I was expecting) but I really enjoyed it. A great look back at a shared growing up.

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Boring

A mundane book read by the author who would do better to find another narrator

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Not intersting in the slightest.

Did not enjoy any part of the book. Wanted to, but didn't find it informative or funny.

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A thought provoking enjoyable read!

Enjoyed this heartfelt glimpse into the past from a teenage and later a midlife perspective. The relationship with our parents in our teenage years is often misunderstood and as the author describes it's not really until we step into their discarded shoes do we really understand them. This is my 3rd and first audio book which got my whole attention as it felt like the author was conversing with you rather than reading their story. I thought the inflection when narrating teenage Tracey was particularly engaging and humorous. 'Ha ha!'

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Wonderful

Loved this, it so reminded me of my own teenage years in a small town.

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A real eye opener

I braught this book on a whim as I grew up near Brookmans park so knew alot of the places talked about. I found it a real eye opener as music and the music scene never really interested me. The author is clearly very intelligent and provides a great analysis of her past and doesn't just mearly tell her story. A great listen.

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life in the 70s

evocative of being brought up in the 70s, longing for change and wondering it's impact on us.