Tender, clever and as funny as it gets... a heart-piercing joy.
Oh, how I love Pete Paphides and this book. He can't write a paragraph that isn't funny or moving or insightful and often all three at once. For someone from a refugee family, like me, it just reads so true, but it's also a painting of another life so rich, so deep, that they should hang it in the National Gallery.
If you are in the market for a wonderfully written, deeply touching, pitch-perfect childhood memoir laced liberally with 70s nostalgia, then you need look no further.
Confessional, sorrowful and sublime
Wonderful coming-of-age memoir
A tale of pop music and growing up in a Brum chippie that has been the sweetest, funniest thing he's read all year.
A witty and joyful tale of self-discovery
Highly personal book about family life ... warm hearted
A heartbreaking but humorous memoir from a legendary rock journalist
With its forensic attention to detail and exquisite unpacking of the pre-teen mind, Broken Greek is an intensely personal hymn that sings a universal tune. Like the very best pop songs, it gets under your skin, and stays there
Charming, funny ... you root for kind, uncertain, scared but spirited little Pete
A hilarious, heartbreaking and completely enchanting debut
Every single page is a joy to read, entertainingly but unsentimentally written ... This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read for a long time, a coming of age memoir that manages to be simultaneously tender, heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny
A smart and nostalgic read
I can't tell you how good this book is. Incredibly, it's Paphides's first - I'd be amazed (and disappointed) if it's his last
Tender, heartfelt, humane and very funny
A loving, affectionate account
Endearing... The evening he drags his dad to meet his heroes the Barron Knights and a four-hour bus trip with three older girls discussing the merits of Duran Duran's John Taylor are worthy of the cover price alone
A terrific achievement
Such a heartfelt, genuinely affecting read
A must-read for music fans
Entertaining, authentic and funny
A book that will leave you smiling
Epic childhood memoir
Damian Barr's Literary Salon featuring Pete Paphides
The Lancaster Ballroom, The Savoy
3rd Apr 2020 7:00 pm
Pete Paphides at David's Bookshop
David's Bookshop Letchworth
14th Apr 2020 7:30 pm
Pete Paphides talks about Broken Greek.
Pete Paphides at Chipping Norton Literary Festival
The Theatre, Chipping Norton
24th Apr 2020 8:00 pm
Pete Paphides at Cathedral Arts Festival
6th May 2020
Pete Paphides talks about his memoir Broken Greek
Pete Paphides at Glossop Record Club
Glossop Labour Club
14th May 2020
Pete talks about his memoir Broken Greek