This is Not About Me

This is Not About Me Review

When her mother left her alcoholic father and set up home in a tiny attic room above a doctor’s surgery, Janice Galloway quickly learned how to keep quiet and stay out of the way. Her mother hadn’t expected or wanted another child and Galloway wasn’t allowed to forget that she was a burden. Her much older sister Cora, with her steady stream of boyfriends, her showy fashions, and erratic temperament, never failed to remind her of her insignificance.

Galloway’s Scottish childhood is defined by the intimate details of her environment, where every family member looms close.  With startling precision she remembers scenes of domestic life: her mother’s weekly round of washing, the sodden tweed dripping on the line; Cora putting on layers of make up for the Ayrshire night life; learning to write—and control the often rebellious letters; the living quality of her mother’s mangy old fur coat.  In these cramped conditions, ignored by her elders, Galloway is a silent observer, carefully and keenly watching the people around her. As her rage grows, she begins to think for herself. Slowly, unexpectedly, she finds her voice. Out of the silent child emerges the girl who will be a writer. 

Title:This is Not About Me
Edition Language:English

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  • MJ Nicholls

    As the title indicates, this is a book about familial ties and the endless desire to sever them. Galloway takes a conventional childhood in Saltcoats, Ayrshire – absent father, weak-willed mother, d...

  • Tuck

    these books just keep pouring down on me. well, there's worse ways to go than a book tsunami, specially if Janice Galloway is the spume:i read this memoir and i recommend it to all lovers of novels an...

  • Drew

    My copy was hit by a freak rainstorm when I left it out on the veranda one evening. It swelled to double the size and when the sun-dried approach failed to work, I went for the more radical bake-in-th...

  • Pamela Scott

    I had a really good time reading This Is Not About Me. Galloway creates a very memorable, powerful and vivid picture of her birth and early childhood into adolescence. I know this is a memoir but I wo...

  • Rae

    This is Not About Me was a book group read and from the blurb I imagined Janice Galloway's autobiography might be considered a misery memoir (not my favourite genre), however nothing could be further ...

  • Claire Rose

    I loved this book. Can't wait to read the next volume of her memoirs, All Made Up. It made me want to reread all her fiction, too. A brilliant writer. ...

  • freckledbibliophile

    This Is Not About Me, ripped my heart away. It narrates the story of a girl whose father was absent, a mother and sister who like male chauvinist pigs, had a weird hatred of women. Her sister was the ...

  • Alarie

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a memoir that only stretched from ages 4 to about-to-turn 12 or a modern book set entirely in Scotland, both added interest to this story. Galloway made me wish I coul...

  • Nadine

    If you ever have to chance to go to a literary interview with Janice Galloway, do yourself a favour and go - she's brilliant, funny, inspiring. When I was flying to England for the first time I was in...

  • James Haliburton

    A compelling memoirof Janice Galloway's pre-teenage years; honest and heart-breaking, it captures the confusing behaviour and expectations of adults - in particular her depressed mother and seemingly ...