Prolific film and TV actress, Nicole Sullivan, is quoted as saying, “Once you’re able to look like an idiot and be OK with it, it opens up your potential.”

This could have been the epigram to Brigid Keenan’s new memoir, Full Marks for Trying, an at-times riotous look at her colourful childhood in India and subsequent return to mother England. Keenan keeps it anecdotal, though occasionally pines for the past – but in a way that exhibits gratitude while eschewing sentimentality.

This is personal prose and a personal book. Perfect with a Pimm’s!


Full Marks for Trying/£16.99/9781408852279