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10/10 Another marriage ends and penury beckons, but so does success.
9/10 Further theatrical enterprises, including a brush with Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.
8/10 The playwright's memoirs focus on his Brighton year and a spluttering start to his writing
7/10 The playwright remembers his first steps towards his calling, and some short sharp shocks.
6/10 The playwright recalls his theatrical aspirations boosted by a resemblance to Rex Harrison
5/10 The memoir reaches the end of formal education, when girls and rebellion cost John dear.
4/10 After an illness, young John is sent to Dorset for brutal convalescence.
3/10 The playwright reminisces about school, his literary interest and his father's death.
2/10 The writer recounts a peripatetic life thanks to his mother's whims and father's work.
1/10 The playwright recalls early years in Fulham, his mother's make-up and his uncle's letters