User reviews for Springfield Road

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Here's a handy round up of 'Springfield Road' press, reviews and radio links: Naomi Frisby: The Writes Of A Woman "What’s most compelling about #Springfield Road is the warmth & love Godden infuses it with." Read: Iain Finlayson: The Times "Her writing is urgent and detailed, colourful and clamorous. Like all love stories, her memoir is intense and intimate." Read: Amy Crofts: Opus Independents / Now Then Magazine "One aspect of the book that I feel worked really well was the juxtaposition of chapters written from adult Salena’s perspective, bringing the reader out of the past and into the modern day, and hearing her thoughts on the process of writing the very pages we have been reading. The beauty of her writing makes it easy to forget that we are not reading a novel, but someone’s true life story and hearing her struggles about getting it down on paper somehow mange to round the whole thing out, and give it a satisfying dimension." Read: Polly Trope: Indie Berlin “The tale is rich with reflections on memory and tradition, presence and absence, relatives and the past… I don’t know why, but I sometimes felt like I was prying on Salena, but it’s a book, a published book, and I was offered it.” Read: Sophie Parkin: 3am Magazine "Springfield Road wasn’t really about Hastings, it’s not just about a place or time, it’s about feeling. It’s about tracing a lost love and finding out about a man she never knew; her father and growing up with a very slim replacement in the North of England. It could be a misery memoir, with the easy racism of the 70’s, the brutality of adults and the thoughtlessness of children, but the innocent joy that is picked out because of the way Salena sees the world makes the prose full of poetry and beautifully turned phrases. Salena can write you into a child’s heart and out of the mouth of a teenager’s inquisitive nature." Read: Debjani Hawkes: The Literateur “Throughout, Godden writes about a past that is at once deeply personal yet also belongs to the everyman figure; her descriptions of childhood are simultaneously timeless and yet rooted in a particular period of British history…” Read: Lee Bullman: Loud and Quiet Magazine "Springfield Road’s prose wavers effortlessly throughout, from tender poignancy to raw, gritty realism and this lovely book serves to remind us that however much the world has changed in the last forty years, in many ways it is still exactly the same." Read: Salena Godden and Maggie Gee 'The Innocence under the armour' Read: Interview in The Skinny: Interview with Paul McVeigh: Interview with Vanessa Gebbie: Blog tour 'the writing process': Excerpt 'First Kiss' published in Ape Magazine: The Writers Hub: In conversation with Neil Denny / Little Atoms: In conversation with Arun Rath / NPR: In conversation with Janice Forsyth / BBC Scotland: More audio archives, BBC radio, performance, interviews and audio here: Please visit
Publication date: September 2014
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