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By: Oliver Milner

Memory Stick

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Crafty, cunning and certainly clever, Memory Stick is a firework display of different literary styles and genres. Crammed with detail and facts. Just like a memory stick.

Book club readers have described this first volume of Oliver Milner’s entertaining autobiography as “William Boyd and Bill Bryson meet James Herriot and Sue Townsend.”

Structurally Memory Stick is based around 134 footnotes, taken from opensource Wiki history references, between 1961 and 1987. The story starts in wet and windy North Yorkshire. Flies to Nigeria. Flies back again. Goes back to Nigeria. Flies back again. Neil Armstrong lands on the moon. Olly goes to Wales. Takes in Norwich, ends up in London. Tames a penguin, and then…?

Just download Memory Stick, it gets rather interesting.

 

Oliver Milner is a pseudonym. Memory Stick is typical of the type of conversations we’ve all had about ourselves at some time or other, “Some of the facts may be distorted by time,” as Laurie Lee once wrote sagaciously.


The author was born in Yorkshire, but grew up in post Biafran War Nigeria and boarding schools in England.


His career started at the Financial Times but not too soon after he lost his Territorial Army commission in the Intelligence Corps, uncovered a spy, met Madonna, Mad Dog Adair, various Prime Ministers, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and an X-rated film director.


Today he lives near Epping Forest, in the UK. He is married and has two grown up daughters, a tortoise, a Labradoodle, two cats and some sickly-looking runner beans.

Customer Reviews
4.8
17 reviews
17 reviews
  • julia

    An exciting read!

  • Oliver Milner

    I loved this book. It's really unusual. You can dip in and out. Or read it in one gulp. What were you doing in the 60s, 70s or 80s? Well the footnotes will tell what was going in the world around you. So all you need is to plug in your own personal memory stick. And there it is, your life in 298 pages. I LOVED this book. But then I wrote it. If you want to know what happened to Oliver in the 90s, 00s and 10s the publisher insists this book sells.

    It's the best book I've ever written. It's the only book I've ever written.

    I hope you buy it - Oliver Milner

  • Mark Sutherland

    Fun and light hearted. Easy to read.
    Easy to put down thus easy to pick up again.
    Well done.
    I have 7 books to read, and started this one!

  • Malcolm Trotter

    What a treasure of memories! Not simply Oliver’s (even though thoroughly engaging as these are) but the ones conjured up in the mind of the reader, taken back to retrace one’s own journey through the same years (mine coincidentally also starting with the same year of birth). I am only half way through and have deliberately slowed the pace of reading so as to allow time to reflect on my own life events as Oliver takes us through each of the years.
    I love the colourful and lively style of writing and the national and global factual events are well researched. Importantly it’s spiced with wit as is typical of Oliver! I will certainly be buying the next instalment! Thank you Olly!

  • Simon Goldie

    When choosing a biography one would normally pick a subject you have heard of. You probably haven't heard of Oliver Milner but that doesn't matter. In 'Memory Stick', Milner documents his fascinating life interwoven with major events at the time. This technique is not only engaging, it is informative and shows the impact politics, sport and pop music have. Milner is also very funny. It is a biography but it is also part of social history and a celebration of life. The format is inventive and different. So well done Mr Milner, whoever you are.

  • Anonymous

    A good read! I highly recommend it to autobiography and memoir lovers.

  • Alex Hindson

    I loved the concept. A time capsule for the future. Being into family history, the premise chimed. But what you get is much universal and interesting in many ways, a personal timeline with a quirky take on what is going on in the world around. Something to dip into and keep coming back to. Throughout that cheeky take on a mad world.

  • Belinda Walkinshaw

    Not only a compelling autobiography but a real trip down memory lane reminding us of a myriad of events which have impacted our lives ( to a greater or lesser degree) and many that will resonate with readers of all ages. Cleverly written to grasp and retain the readers' attention, but something that can be dipped into and out off or even just used as a point of reference. Love the footnotes! Can't wait for part 2.

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