When You’re Young by Trevor John Heath
“A very enjoyable read.” – Cobell
“Well-written and enjoyable – I couldn’t put it down!” – Lily
Growing up surrounded by friends and family is not an experience unique to Baby-boomers, and the rites of passage, adventure and travel experienced by Trevor Heath prove that no matter what era you were born in, the prerogative of the those teenage years is to learn to live life to the full.
This autobiography begins in a small market town in the 70s, a place undergoing massive change where social upheaval put strain on the relationships of friends and family alike. Yearning for the opportunity to live life to the full, Trevor signs up to the Air Training Corps with a group of friends, expecting adventure and travel.
But growing up in a time of power cuts, oil crises, and civil unrest can be hard, and Trevor’s teenage years are reflected in the lives of those around him. An autobiography focussing on the rites of passage faced by every teenager, ‘When You’re Young’ is the kind of book those of any age will enjoy.
Biography of Trevor John Heath
Trevor John Heath is a writer and musician who has worked in the Engineering industry since leaving school. His experiences in the Air Training Corps as a youth have inspired the first volume of his autobiography, titled ‘When You’re Young’. This is his first book, which took 9 months to write, and completed at the age of 52.
Trevor began writing poetry and songs aged 17, and he concentrated on song writing, putting his first band together in 1983. Now a PRS registered songwriter, Trevor has had his music played on local and national radio such as BBC 6 music (Tom Robinson), LBC, BBC Radio Oxford, as well as Basingstoke and Alton based Radio stations.
The book, ‘When You’re Young’ was initially inspired by Trevor’s eldest daughter reaching the age of 16. He compared the present day lifestyle of a 16 year old to the hardships and freedom he had at that age.
Written with a light hearted tone that contrasts his contemporary thoughts with the reflective knowledge of different times, those who have lived through the era will recognise the language, icons and references but all will wince at the naivety of youth and will certainly see similarities with their own early years.
“Drug addiction, incest, prison and bankruptcy are not the usual subjects associated with growing up in a Hampshire town in the late 70’s so it came as no surprise that there is none of that in this book. However, if you want a thoroughly absorbing story by an ageing musician naming and shaming those kids that made his teenage life hell, read on…” – Flying Flea