Accustomed as I Am: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Speaker Basil Boothroyd

ISBN: 9781853754548

Published: July 1st 2001

Hardcover

138 pages


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Accustomed as I Am: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Speaker  by  Basil Boothroyd

Accustomed as I Am: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Speaker by Basil Boothroyd
July 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 138 pages | ISBN: 9781853754548 | 3.28 Mb

Drawing on his own grim and terrifying experiences as a public speaker, Basil Boothroyd takes us on a comic journey through an era when the likes of the Women’s Institute and the Rotary Club were still the social hubs of the nation and required aMoreDrawing on his own grim and terrifying experiences as a public speaker, Basil Boothroyd takes us on a comic journey through an era when the likes of the Women’s Institute and the Rotary Club were still the social hubs of the nation and required a steady stream of guest speakers to keep their members entertained.

Addressing everyone from corporate clients at black-tie shindigs to the inmates of Pentonville Prison, he was asked to expound on a dizzying range of topics. While masquerading this as a how-to book, Boothroyd willfully loses us in a confusion of slapstick asides and self-effacing comic digressions as he unsuccessfully attempts to navigate the pitfalls of a thankless profession.

An engagingly sordid tale of dingy hotels, bad transportation, self-doubts, hecklers, drunks, technical snafus, misjudged audiences, and woefully unsuitable material.



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