'They tucked him up, his mum and dad' Andrew Collins was born 37 years ago in Northampton. His parents never split up, in fact they rarely exchanged a cross word. No-one abused him. Nobody died. He got on well with his brother and sister and none of his friends drowned in a canal. He has never stayed overnight in a hospital and has no emotional scars from his upbringing, except a slight lingering resentment that Anita Barker once mocked the stabilisers on his bike. Where Did It All Go Right? is a jealous memoir written by someone who occasionally wishes life had dealt him a few more juicy marketable blows. The author delves back into his first 18 years in search of something - anything - that might have left him deeply and irreparably damaged. With tales of bikes, telly, sweets, good health, domestic harmony and happy holidays, Andrew aims to bring a little hope to all those out there living with the emotional after-effects of a really nice childhood. Andrew Collins kept a diary from the age of five, so he really can remember what he had for tea everyday and what he did at school, excerpts from his diary run throughout the book and it is this detail which makes his story so amazing.
Andrew Collins is a journalist and broadcaster. Ex-NME, he is currently the Radio Times Film Editor, presents Radio 4's weekly film programme Back Row and broadcast daily for Radio 6. He has been a scriptwriter for Eastenders. He won a Sony Gold Award for Radio 1's Collins and Maconie's Hit Parade and went on to co-host Collins and Maconie's Movie Club on ITV. He is the author of the Billy Bragg autobiography Still Suitable for Miners. He now lives in London.