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May 2003, no. 251
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Spooling Through: An irreverent memoir by Tim Bowden

Allen & Unwin, $29.95 pb, 346 pp

Back Chat

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May 2003, no. 251

Anyone who remembers the amiable host of the ABC’s television show Backchat, which he compèred for eight years from 1986, will not be surprised to learn that Tim Bowden has written a breezily readable memoir. Its pages seem to turn of their own volition. In the foreword, Maeve Binchy daringly asks: ‘Who are the right people to do a memoir?’ Actually, it’s probably not so daring, as Binchy had no doubt read Bowden’s chronicle and knew he qualified as one of the ‘right people’. Two criteria leap to mind. The writer needs to exhibit a character and personality you’d be happy to keep company with for 300 or so pages. In addition, the reader – this one, anyway – wants a complementary sense of the times of the life in the foreground.

Brian McFarlane reviews 'Spooling Through: An irreverent memoir' by Tim Bowden

Spooling Through: An irreverent memoir

by Tim Bowden

Allen & Unwin, $29.95 pb, 346 pp

Buy this book

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