In a 1970's commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school bus not arriving. Bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents, her only comfort came from house parties, "Meaningful Conversations" and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.
Returning more than three decades later to the scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it.
With wit and insight, Thorn's provocative new book blends memoir and psychogeography in reconsidering the suburban post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and so many artists have come from.