The boy with the perpetual nervousness : a memoir

by Caveney, Graham,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
An enthralling, emotional memoir that recounts the ups and downs of coming-of-age, set against the music and literature of the 1970s.

Raised in a small town in the north of England known primarily for its cotton mills, football team, and its deep roots in the "Respectable Working Class," Graham Caveney armed himself against the confusing nature of adolescence with a thick accent, a copy of Kafka, and a record collection including the likes of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division. All three provided him the opportunity to escape, even if just in mind, beyond his small-town borders. But, when those passions are noticed and preyed upon by a mentor, everything changes.

Now, as an adult, Caveney attempts to reconcile his past and present, coming to grips with both the challenges and wonder of adolescence, music, and literature. By turns angry, despairing, beautifully written, shockingly funny, and ultimately redemptive, The Boy with Perpetual Nervousness is a tribute to the power of the arts--and a startling, original memoir that "feels as if it had to be written, and demands to be read" ( The Guardian UK ).
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Born in a small town in the north of England into what he calls the respectable working class, memoirist Caveney writes always affectingly and sometimes searingly of his childhood and adolescence, focusing on three things: first and central is his sexual abuse by his mentor, the charismatic priest known as Rev Kev, who was headmaster of his parochial school; second is his love of music, which provided a haven; and third is literature. A self-described bookish boy, he took refuge in the printed page. And, thanks to another teacher, he discovered that books were not (only) an escape from the world; they were an enrichment of it. Yet they were not enough to overcome the fallout of his adolescent abuse: his panic attacks, his becoming an alcoholic and drug addict, his suicide attempts, his agoraphobia. But these are aspects of his adult life that aside from the panic attacks are only manifested in teasing references. The focus remains on his coming-of-age and the keen insights he brings to it from his vantage of being a 50-year-old man. Through it all, Caveney writes beautifully: singer Patti Smith looked like a cross between Joan of Arc and Charlie Chaplin; I'm in love. It's terrible a bit like having stomach flu. Ultimately, though, it is not necessarily the writing but the raw emotion that remains with the reader, that and the hope for another volume of memoirs as memorable as this one.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Caveney (`The Priest¿ They Called Him) delivers a sharp, poignant memoir of anxiety and abuse. Growing up bookishly skittish in working-class 1970s northern England¿¿Writing about my working-class childhood feels like slipping on hand-me-down clothes¿¿Caveney nevertheless plots his own arc, while emboldening himself with the books of Kafka and the music of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division. The chronological plot of his youth is laid out in cinematic detail, including his mother¿s dinners of meat and mushy peas (¿food that is designed with insulation in mind¿) and his dalliances with revolutionary Marxism and capital-L Literature (¿I told her that after the revolution everyone would be a poet¿). But a shadowy fury underlies this nervous self-deprecation, borne out of his being raped as a teenager by a priest who groomed his insecurities with predatory calculation. As the memoir lurches forward in jaunts of youthful self-discovery and setbacks, Caveney writes with stabs of both fury and self-denial (¿This doesn¿t matter. It¿s not important. I¿m not even here¿) and anguished pleas to his abuser in order to make sense of it all. The result is an acidic, longing, and enraged memoir set to a postpunk soundtrack. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Caveney, Graham -- Childhood and youth.
Adult child abuse victims -- England -- Accrington -- Biography.
Child sexual abuse by clergy -- England -- Blackburn -- Case studies.
Accrington (England) -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: London : Picador, 2017.
Description 259 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 1501165968
9781501165962
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