As Far As I Remember was published by Like No Other Press in 2015 (co-published by Mereo Books in the UK). Sub-titled Coming of Age in Postwar England, it tells the story of Michael's early years in England, where he attended boarding schools from the age of five, and went on to a two-year stint in the British Army, and three years at Oxford. Elegantly and wittily written, the book describes growing up on his father's remote pig farm in Devon during the war and then life, often hilarious, in the somewhat ramshackle country hotel that his parents ran, after the war was over but money still hard to come by. The book comes to an end as Michael steps on board ship, bound for life in Canada. "Stated simply, I loved the book! There was not a chapter in which I was less than fully absorbed. . . One of the best reads I have had in recent years." - David MacKinnon In the Chronicle Herald, Jodi DeLong wrote: "This memoir drew me in completely, because it is a fascinating snapshot of a time and place that was unique: rural postwar England, public (boarding) schools, family vacations to the seashore, the challenge of making a living — and at the same time universal in the challenges faced in raising a family and coming of age.
Bawtree is sharply introspective and even critical of himself throughout the book, as he looks back from his position in life today and compares it with his youth, his education, his brief but honourable military service, his introduction to theatre, a passion that became his vocation.
At times hilarious, at times wistful and even elegiac, but always perfectly written, As Far as I Remember is a finely drawn portrait of the theatre director and professor as a young man."
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