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'Memoirs Of A 90s Schoolboy': 'This Country' Star Michael Sleggs' Book Available One Year After His Death

'Memoirs Of A 90s Schoolboy': 'This Country' Star Michael Sleggs' Book Available One Year After His Death

A book written by the late This Country star Michael Sleggs is now available to order, one year on from his death.

The actor - best known for portraying Slugs in the BBC show - tragically died from heart failure last year, aged just 33.

But now his book, Memoirs Of A 90s Schoolboy his been published posthumously.

The book documents Michael Sleggs' ups and downs throughout childhood and primary school.

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Michael Sleggs' book looks back at his childhood (Credit: Instagram)
Michael Sleggs' book looks back at his childhood (Credit: Instagram)

Michael was apparently inspired after sending a simple text to a friend who had reached out to ask about someone they'd both known.

He said: "She had always had a fascination with certain people, usually oddballs. This was not attraction, but just fascination, about them, their lives, their actions, what makes them tick.

"The person in question was a lad I went to school with named Kevin.

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"So I sent her a quick text recalling some of my memories of childhood and going around his house for dinner.

"He had always been a pebble in my shoe, and I was not shy to express that.

You can buy the book now (Credit: Austin Macaulay publishers)
You can buy the book now (Credit: Austin Macaulay publishers)

"She thought it was so hysterical she told me to write more. This went on for several months until I eventually conceded to writing her a book on the matter.

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"However, as the book progressed, it has not only become a book solely about Kevin but about a lot of people I grew up with; friends and foe.

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"The majority of it is set at my primary school where I spent my early years and so acquired an extensive catalogue of memories and anecdotes which are shared within these pages."

He died aged 33, having suffered from congenital heart defects and been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma as a teenager.

And, the reviews are certainly glowing, with This Country co-creator Daisy May Cooper declaring it: "The funniest thing I have ever read".

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The book was released for publication on June 30th, 2020 - and pre-orders have already been flying off the shelves.

This Country star Michael Sleggs died last year (Credit: BBC)
This Country star Michael Sleggs died last year (Credit: BBC)
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His sister, Tara, added: "Michael was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma during his GCSEs.

"But despite his poor health, Michael still lived a full and happy life.

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"He went to amazing places, had fantastic friends and enjoyed a range of interesting jobs, culminating in the ultimate honour in acting alongside friends in a hit TV comedy.

"We miss him every day, and we are heartened that we are not alone in this.

"He touched the lives of so many people in his relatively short life and we hope that he can continue to do so with this book."

"The book looks at the ridiculous situations, elaborate observations, and honest brain farts of a child who thinks he's got it sussed."

You can buy it here or from any reputable bookshop.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: This Country

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