Another planet a teenager in suburbia

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another planet a teenager in suburbia

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn

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 became an acclaimed 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 endearing wit and great insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and yet so many artists have come from.
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Shielded from further growth by the green belt, it looks broadly the same as when it sprang up in the s. Around its village green cluster a few shops, including four estate agents, a hairdresser Cutting It Fine and a pet salon Groomers on the Green. Today one of those houses will cost you three-quarters of a million. Know where I mean? Thought so.

All indoors. Thorn and her now husband Ben Watt got their recording contracts while still at Hull University but continued with their studies. There was a rumour — false as it turns out — that they turned down Top of the Pops because they had exams. Grown-up Tracey finds the naivety and anxiety hidden in that throw-away exclamation. Fair game. Because, of course, Brookmans Park was boring.

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia Hardcover – 7 Feb In a s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Before she became an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her.
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Available as Hardback, eBook, Downloadable audio. A Sunday Times top ten bestseller. An exploration of suburbia from music icon Tracey Thorn; singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Bedsit Disco Queen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving. Before she became an acclaimed 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.

Tracey Thorn: comes to recognise, in her 50s, that the suburb in which she was born and bred is part of her DNA. The feeling, to be fair, was mutual, and in this book which, she claims, could never have been written while her parents were still alive, Thorn endeavours to understand the world they inhabited. We remain opaque to ourselves too, of course, and it is above all for this reason — in the great essayistic tradition - that she put pen to paper. She would soon find fame and fortune as one half of Everything But the Girl and as a solo singer-songwriter. Back in Brookmans Park — a garden village in Hertfordshire — Thorn feels haunted by this earlier iteration of herself. They seem like ghosts.

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3 thoughts on “Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn

  1. Following the acclaim of Bedsit Disco Queen and Naked at the Albert Hall , Tracey Thorn continues her knowing, tenderly-executed excavation of her past, this time diving in to that strange, unique cradle of British creativity — Green Belt suburbia.

  2. Tracey Thorn grew up there, in this “sea of green just off the coast of London”. She spent her adolescence lurking at bus stops, going to 35p Monday night discos at the Brookmans Park Hotel before graduating to gigs at Hatfield Poly, all the time scribbling diary entries that.

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