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By Alan Davies

When Alan Davies was once growing to be up he appeared to force his relations mad. 'What are we going to do with you?' they might ask - as though he may perhaps understand the answer.

Perhaps it was once simply because he got here of age within the Eighties. That decade of massive hair, greed, camp tune, mass unemployment, social unrest and actually shameful trousers was once complicated for teens. there has been much to think in - a lot to face for, or stand opposed to - and Alan made up our minds to hitch something with the note 'anti' in it. He was once trying to find heroes to lead him (relatively) unscathed into adulthood.

From his persistent kleptomania to the relocating look for his mother's grave years after she died; from his obsession with becoming a member of (going as far as to join Chickens Lib) to his first forays into making humans snigger (not consistently intentionally); Teenage Revolution is a touching and humorous go back to the adolescence that make us all.

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