Rikki’s rites of passage are a real treat

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MOVING into a new home in Easterhouse in 1961 was the start of some great adventures for Rikki Brown.

For a young boy, it was hard to tell what to worry about more – the threat of nuclear war or starting primary school!

Certainly each offered its own horrors.

But after surviving Scarlett Fever, primaries were a whirl of games and lessons and comic misunderstandings.

Then came secondary school, full of intellectual segregation, status struggles and belt-happy teachers.

But with the sounds of the 70s now raging, all you needed was the right LP under your arm to attract admiration.

Secondary school also brought new forays into sports, pubs, clothes, and the opposite sex, not to mention surviving the prevalent Easterhouse gangs.

‘Frankie Vaughan Ate My Hamster’ is a hilarious account by newspaper columnist Rikki Brown, which takes readers on an entertaining and riotous trip down memory lane, back to the days when getting through school was a matter of survival – where only a combination of brains, style and street sense could guarantee success!

Rikki Brown is also a TV and radio writer who has worked on the likes of Scotch and Wry, Chewin’ The Fat, Naked Video, Naked Radio and A Game of Two Halves.

He was also the head writer on BBC Scotland’s long-running radio show ‘Watson’s Wind Up’ and has been a member of the ‘Only An Excuse’ team for over 20 years.

Rikki is probably best known though for his long association as a satirist for the Scottish Sun and the News of the World.

We have teamed up with Black and White Publishing to give away three copies of Rikki’s book. To be in with a chance see this week’s Herald.

Visit www.blackandwhitepublishing.com for more information on Rikki’s hilarious book and other great Scottish titles, including the latest works from local author Margaret Thomson Davis.