Title THE NECESSARY APTITUDE: A MEMOIR
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Ebury Press 2011
0091945038 / 9780091945039
Seller ID RWARE0000030122
Next, I applied to work in the accounts department, a sealed room where wom en operated clattering machines like enormous typewriters. After I had cata strophically and erroneously applied all the wrong information to several t rolley loads of documents and lumbered the staff with weeks of corrective w ork, I was shown the door by a tight-lipped manageress. I knew what was com ing. Over the relentless, furious din of machinery, I lip-read the familiar words: "Lacks the necessary aptitude." Pam Ayres' early childhood in Stanford in the Vale was idyllic in many ways, and typical of that experienced by a great swathe of children born in rural areas in the immediate postwar years. Though her parents' generation was harrowed by war, better times were coming. Everything the family needed was within walking distance in the village, and life with four older brothers and a sister in their crowded council house was exceedingly lively. In her late teens, Pam grew dissatisfied with her life as a Civil Service clerk with only the local "hop" for scintillating excitement. Having seen three of her brothers called up for National Service and sent off to exciting destinations, Pam felt desperate for travel and adventure. She joined the WRAF and soon found herself in the Far East. There she began to write in earnest, and develop the unique talent that would make her one of Britain's favorite comics.Written with Pam's much-loved combination of humor and poignancy, The Necessary Aptitude is a beautifully written account of her early years.