Broken Greek by Pete Paphides
When the parents of respected music journo Pete Paphides moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 60s, they had no money and only a slight grasp of English. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age four to seven and, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc, found refuge in the embrace of pop. From Abba to The Police, music was a safety net to protect him from the tensions of his home life. But with every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British – including ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Come On Eileen’, and every other chart hit blaring out of the radio in his parents’ chip shop. A must for music fans.
“An exceptional coming-of-age story. Pete Paphides may very well have the biggest heart in Britain.” – Marina Hyde, columnist