My Family: The Memoir

By David Baddiel

A searingly honest, funny and moving family memoir in which David Baddiel exposes his mother’s idiosyncratic sex life, and his father’s dementia, to the same affectionate scrutiny

On the surface, David Baddiel’s childhood was fairly standard: a lower-middle-class Jewish family living in an ordinary house in Dollis Hill, north-west London. But David came to realise that his mother was in fact not ordinary at all. Having escaped extermination by fleeing Nazi Germany as a child, she was desperate to make her life count, which took the form of a passionate, decades-long affair with a golfing memorabilia salesman. David’s detailing of the affair – including a hilarious focus on how his mother turned their household over to golf memorabilia, and an eye-popping cache of her erotic writings – leads to the inescapable conclusion that Sarah Baddiel was a cross between Jack Niklaus and Erica Jong.

Meanwhile, as Baddiel investigates his family’s past, his father’s memories are fading; dementia is making him moodier and more disinhibited, with an even greater penchant for obscenity. As with his mother’s affair, there is both comedy and poignancy to be found: laughter is a constant presence, capable of transforming the darkest of experiences into something redemptive.

My Family: The Memoir is David Baddiel’s candid examination of his childhood, family and memory offering a twisted love letter to his parents.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 06 Jun 2024
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-00-848760-7
David Baddiel is an author, comedian, screenwriter and television presenter. He has written four novels and two non-fiction books including the bestselling Jews Don\'t Count which was the Sunday Times \'Politics and Current Affairs Book of the Year\' 2021. David is also the author of ten middle-grade books for children that have sold £1.5 million copies. His new book, My Family: The Memoir, will be published in 2024 by 4th Estate.

Praise for My Family: Not the Sitcom (the stage show) -

”'Rivetingly revealing” - Michael Billington, Guardian

”'Witty and profound” - Evening Standard

”'Wonderfully warm yet brutally frank, fearless yet very funny” - London Theatre

Praise for Jews Don’t Count -

”'From his first sentence, the energy, force and conviction of Baddiel’s writing and thinking will transfix you…as readable as an airport thriller…a masterpiece” - Stephen Fry

”'I don’t think I have ever been so grateful to anyone for writing a book … incisive, urgent, surprisingly funny and short. It’s also a beautiful piece of publishing. It needs to be read” - Jay Rayner

”'It is so gripping - I read it in a single sitting” - Stephen Bush, The Times

”'I only big up work I really believe is good and this is extraordinarily good. And important” - Jonathan Ross

”'A fascinating book, I urge you to read it” - Piers Morgan