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My dad Tommy Watt was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician whose 1950’s heyday took him into the glittering heart of London’s West End. My mum Romany Bain was RADA-trained Shakespearian actress, who had triplets in her first marriage before becoming a leading showbiz feature writer. Divorcees from very different backgrounds, they came together in 1957 like colliding trains.
Both a personal journey and a portrait of my parents, Romany and Tom is a story of the post-war years, ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, life in clubs and in care homes. It is also about who we are, where we come from, and how we love and live with each other for a long time.
"Neither sentimental nor savage, yet often wise, moving and entertaining within the same paragraph, Romany and Tom is a major achievement to rival any of Watt's recordings." THE GUARDIAN
"Elegantly written and clear-sighted … Watt’s reluctance to sentimentalise the experience makes it that much more powerful" THE INDEPENDENT
"A poignant, life-affirming work." FINANCIAL TIMES
"You know when everyone last month was going 'Ben Watt's 'Romany & Tom' is amazing?' I've just read it. It really is." CAITLIN MORAN
"INCREDIBLE. It's funny, incredibly moving, beautifully written, really thought-provoking." ALEXIS PETRIDIS, THE GUARDIAN
"It is a beautiful book, a story which will resonate with many and in many different ways. There are moments when I laughed and parts when I had to stop reading for a bit, draw breath and then continue." GIDEON COE, BBC 6MUSIC
"F*ck Morrissey: 'Romany & Tom' is the most beautiful, compelling memoir by a musician you'll read for a very long time." JOHN NIVEN