From the age of eleven, Caradoc was shuttled from one school to the next, later failing to fulfil his mother's wish that he should join a seminary. When he was fifteen, he was informed that he had been adopted and, a year later, his parents ejected him from the family. Two years later, he scraped into Oxford and there, on his first day, he met Philip Pullman who was to become his first client when he set up as a literary agent. Thirty years later, Caradoc went in search of his natural family and began to make sense of the mystery of his two absent mothers.
His new memoir is Problem Child.
King named a top ten list of childhood memoirs for the Guardian, including:
Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1935)Read about the other books on the list.
An American classic of happy family life and the third in the Little House series. Although written as third-person fiction it is directly about the Ingalls family, using real names, and their pioneering life in the 1870s. This book is about the problems and danger of squatting and finally having to abandon a little house on an Indian reservation in Kansas.