Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool on the day egg rationing came to an end. He always knew his parents were different. They ate salad. And they only read the Soviet Weekly. They also traveled to seaside towns to attend union conferences and they traveled across Europe. Determined to see Communism in action, they went to Czechoslovakia, where they visited the sites of massacres, rode in space age limousines and sat in the audience of bizarre mime shows.
Alexei performs excerpts from his new book Stalin Ate My Homework a hilarious memoir of his confusing life as the son of Communist parents, his childhood in Eastern Europe and his years as a teenage Maoist.
Stalin Ate My Homework is a funny and perceptive portrait of a family, a city, a country and a continent going through enormous changes.
Naturally Alexei will also answer questions from the audience about anything from his dazzling show business career to easy stubborn stain removal.
A national treasure…a comic delight…if you saw off screen Alexei on your travels you’d cross the road – not to avoid him but to cuddle him – Evening Standard
Alexei has really got it as a writer….I read with real pleasure,he has the comedian’s gift of surprise – The Independent.
*Broadhurst Bookshop will be selling copies of Alexei Sayle’s books before and after the event for the book signing.