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The Necessary Aptitude - A Memoir

Pam Ayres

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'NEXT, I APPLIED TO WORK IN THE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT, a sealed room where women operated clattering machines like enormous typewriters. After I had catastrophically and erroneously applied all the wrong information to several trolley loads of documents and lumbered the staff with weeks of corrective work, I was shown the door by a tight-lipped manageress. I knew what was coming. 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 post-war 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 favourite comics... Written with Pam's much-loved combination of humour and poignancy, The Necessary Aptitude is a beautifully written memoir of her early years.

Language:

English

Length:

12h 34m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:05


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:23


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:01


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:01


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

10:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:58


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:40


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

09:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:10


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:14


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:51


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:55


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:28


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:04


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:17


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:50


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:54


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:48


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:26


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:17


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:08


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:18


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:18


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

09:24


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:13


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:37