I finished Tom's autobiography today and I have to say that it is both very sad and very funny. I loved the stories from Tom's youth. My mother's family was of Irish descent and I found an awful lot of similar situations Tom had in my own childhood (My family wasn't as poor as Tom's but we weren't wealthy either. We were always robbing Peter to pay Paul). I completely understand his battle with Catholicism. My mother was a Catholic but she left the Church not long after I was born because "they were always sticking their noses in things that were none of their business". Obviously not learning from my mother's experience, I participated in RCIA (Roman Catholic Indoctrination for Adults) when I was in my 30s but I left barely a year later. I found it's large bureaucracy, (or is it hypocrisy? I think it was both) to be very annoying and I joined my mother in that long line of unrepentive Catholics.
Like Tom did, I have a long, running, battle with my mother in law. I am an imperfect son-in-law and she lets me know it. Like Tom's mother in law, mine also farts and blames it on everyone else.
The stories about Doctor Who "groupies" were very interesting too. All in all, a great biography.
Someday, my ship will come in, but with my luck, I'll be stranded at the airport!