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  • A gripping memoir ... fascinating and hugely entertaining. It's extremely thoughtful and shockingly honest.

    Christina Patterson, Sunday Times
  • A crisp, unself-pitying memoir of a 'trainwreck' youth ... I've always likes Webb on the radio. But I like him much more after reading this book. He offers precisely the kind of brisk honesty and considered analysis he expects from his interviewees. Our politicians should all read it, and step up their game.

    Helen Brown, The Telegraph
  • [Justin Webb's] affability and easy manner seems even more remarkable after reading [his] memoir, The Gift Of A Radio. The subtitle is My Childhood And Other Train Wrecks, which is apt: the experiences of his formative years would have driven most children completely off the rails

    Daily Mail
  • Moving, darkly hilarious ... In his mother, Gloria Crocombe, Webb records a great tragicomic character.

    Melanie Reid, The Times
  • This is not a misery memoir, but some painful introspection feeds [Justin Webb's] frank and lightly handled accounts of damage. It makes for engrossing reading.

    Norma Clarke, TLS

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