Creatures of Our Time, in a Land Fit for Heroes
This is the second volume of autobiography, after Dizzy. Far from bobbing up and down on the seven seas in the Royal Navy, as had previously been his wont, Dave Diss is trying his luck as a newly married civilian in the Big Smoke, among the toppers and bowlers still worn in the city in those days of 1955, working in the still Blitz-scarred capital of The United Kingdom of Great Britain, pushing a pen as a poorly paid underwriter for The Yorkshire Insurance Company, in Cornhill, just around the corner from The Royal Exchange and The Bank of England, where the big nobs hang out, and The Stock Exchange, in Throgmorton Street.
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Creatures of Our Time,In a Land Fit for Heroes
By Dave Diss
The following review, by Ben Henschke, one of On Dit's editors, appeared in the October issue of Adelaide University's magazine, On Dit, in South Australia: –
"An honest depiction of the British working class, the second volume of Dave Diss's autobiography is an engrossing read, telling the story of a young man in 1960s England.
Diss, a former Royal Navy sailor, writer and painter, amongst other things, relates many well-written, often humorous tales of the various menial jobs he worked to support his young family. These range from Diss's time as a bus conductor – where it was often necessary to work seven days a week to earn an adequate living – to a striking account of his instant dismissal from a factory for his part in attempted industrial action, even more resonant in the current political climate in which we are being told unions are irrelevant.
Diss manages to overcome the inaccessibility problems that sometimes hinder memoirs, drawing the reader into a world that we, as predominantly middle-class university students, would have little experience of. It's a fascinating insight into a very interesting life."