My Fault

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Virgin, 2005 - Fiction - 310 pages
15 Reviews
This is a semi-autobiographical account of Billy's childhood, growing up in 1960s and 70s Chatham. His father - alcoholic, authoritarian and ever-present though often absent - refers to him as 'Smell' and finds fault with all he does. He is picked on at school by both pupils and teachers. Aged 9, he is abused by a family friend on holiday. He leaves school and goes onto work in the Dockyard before gaining entry to St Martin's through sheer ability, where he meets Tracey Emin ('Dolli') and, subsequently gets kicked out because of his anti-establishment views. Under the brash, dysfunctional, rebellious exterior is a polite, gentle, sensitive kid who is ultimately saved by his imagination and creativity.

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This book was initially difficult to get into. Like the first time you are intimate with someone the prose was fiddly and awkward. However, once in the midst of his rampant groove, I couldn't put this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Forest Juziuk - Goodreads

Sprawling life history, pretty dark w/ some incredible moments of actually calling people out by name for heinous acts w/o permission. Phwew. He revisited a few of the tales as full-on books later. Great moments but pretty unwieldy. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Billy Childish was born in 1959 in Chatham, Kent, and left school at sixteen. After working in Chatham Naval Dockyard as an apprentice stonemason, he went on to study painting, which proved to be unsatisfactory.

Billy Childish was diagnosed dyslexic at the age of 28. Despite this, he has published more than thirty poetry collections and three novels. He has recorded over one hundred albums on a variety of independent record labels and exhibited paintings all over the world.

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