Title: Ramble Book
Author: Adam Buxton
Pages: 376 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
1. walk for pleasure in the countryside.
‘Dr Buckles and Rosie the dog love rambling in the countryside.’
2. talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way.
‘Adam rambles on about lots of consequential, compelling and personal matters in his tender, insightful, hilarious and totally unconfused memoir, Ramble Book.’
Ramble Book is about parenthood, boarding school trauma, arguing with your partner, bad parties, confrontations on trains, friendship, wanting to fit in, growing up in the 80s, dead dads, teenage sexual anxiety, failed artistic endeavours, being a David Bowie fan; and how everything you read, watch and listen to as a child forms a part of the adult you become.
It’s also a book about the joys of going off topic and letting your mind wander.
And it’s about a short, hairy, frequently confused man called Adam Buxton.
I didn’t know much about Adam Buxton before reading Ramble Book – I know, where have I been? In my defense, the only programs I watch on TV are Bake Off, Gogglebox, Line of Duty and Richard Osman’s House of Games. The rest of my time I spend reading. Anyway, I gave his book a go because from the paperback cover we seemed to have a few mutual loves – David Bowie being one of them.
The more and more I read his book the more I felt that me and Adam Buxton were meant to be together but only if we had a time machine and there wasn’t the 20ish year age gap.
Then he ruined it. He was mean about Labyrinth. Now I think we should just be acquaintences.
In all seriousness, Ramble Book is a wonderful coming of age story with such visceral growing pains that you can’t help but feel for Buxton. Especially in the passages about his father. Whilst he is a grown up middle-aged (sorry) man you are still your parents’ children and when the child essentially becomes the parent or the care giver there is a part of childhood that dies. It is with this that your heart breaks for Buxton.
Ramble Book is a great read for anyone who was a child of the 80s or a lover of that era.
Ramble Book by Adam Buxton is available now.
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