WHAT THE REVIEWERS ON AMAZON AND GOODREADS SAY
Felicity Newbold (Davis) rated it 5 stars out of 5
The memoirist at his best…the detail of the narration is reminiscient of the story-telling of the realist novel from the turn of the century. A universal read which begins in our beloved Yorkshire but also spans out across boundaries and continents and through decades of time when secrets were kept behind closed doors.
Gordon does a beautiful job setting scenes…A compelling account of a man’s struggle to build a good life on the rubble of a ruined childhood.
Starting to Frame by Roger Gordon is ostensibly a memoir of growing up in post-war, working-class England, but it is much more than that: it’s a beautifully written story about the power of forgiveness and the wisdom and understanding that comes with age.
His riveting account of growing up in a family haunted by mental illness brings to the forefront, how a child’s life is forever impacted. I felt like I was there seeing, feeling and experiencing his life.A wonderfully compelling book.“Jennifer” rated it 4 stars out of 5
What a thoroughly delightful memoir! Roger Gordon is a great storyteller as is evidenced by the craftsmanship in the writing of this book…
This book reads as well as any good fiction and it doesn’t hurt to mix up your reading list with the occasional real world story. I definitely recommend this one.
Jaime Mann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Roger Gordon has given us a delightful glimpse into his life with Starting to Frame. I went through a full gamut of emotions reading this memoir…
Kathleen Romans rated it 5 of 5 stars
What a wonderful read!…This book has been an eye opening education for me about the struggles of families in the post war era. I understand things about situations and attitudes in my own family in Canada because of reading this book…
Carol O’Hanley rated it 4 of 5 stars
This book was engaging right from the start. It covers serious subjects and family dynamics in a light hearted way. I was fascinated with Roger’s life and his endurance through some difficult times…
Debbie Maclellan rated it 4 of 5 stars
…It is a story of human resilience and the ability to rise above challenges to achieve your goals. My only criticism is that the end left me wanting more – always a sign of a good book in my mind!
Kate’s Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars
…Not only does his memoir bring awareness to mental health issues but it is inspirational. I gave it 5/5 and it is the best [memoir] I have ever read.
Maureen Kerr rated it 5 out of 5 stars
…It was written with such great detail, that you get a vivid depiction in your head of what Roger’s house looked like, the clothes of the time, the town, the school, his old car. You also feel the emotion, which is at times hard-hitting…
Steven Kay rated it 4 out of 5 stars
I’ll start off with what this book is not. It is not some slick, ghost-written, celebrity memoir, much of which you suspect is embellished and re-imagined to make the celebrity look good. What you get with Starting to Frame is an account of the life of an ordinary bloke (I mean that in a good way) – but that is what makes it special…
Diane Gibbon rated it 5 out of 5 stars
A beautifully written memoir. “Starting to Frame” is a journey both painful and humorous that draws you in immediately. A very visual story in both era and area giving the reader a glimpse not only of the times and place, but also a very poignant look at mental illness within the family. I would highly recommend this book.
Colleen McKie rated it 5 out of 5 stars
Engaging and Lovely Memoir…Once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down. I was drawn in from the first page and really felt like I was living the memories. Gordon has an easy and engaging writing style that captivates the reader… If you are looking for an extremely well-written memoir, then you NEED to read Starting To Frame. It will definitely be added to my “I must read again” bookshelf…
B. A. Bloodworth rated it 5 out of 5 stars
How we used to live!…This is an easy read and one which I feel I could read again and still enjoy finding more interesting facts that I had forgotten about second time around. Also a book which I can recommend to fellow fans of social history
A. Caisley rated it 5 out of 5 stars
A triumph of the human spirit. This is a great read. Sheffield, the effects of divorce and mental illness were all themes I could identify with… There’s an added authenticity with some strange local language. Fortunately the glossary translates these!…
Bargain Hunter rated it 5 out of 5 stars
A must read!! Poignant, touching and funny this memoir shows that however fragmented and filled with odd behaviour your family life is, it is possible, however long it takes, to finally put everything into a kind of perspective and find peace…