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NOISY AT THE WRONG TIMES
The story of a boy who didn’t know his place
One of The Sunday Times‘ ‘100 Biographies to Love’
‘Hugely entertaining and inspiring’
The Sunday Times
‘Heartwarming, funny and moving’
Sally Magnusson, bestselling author of Where Memories Go
‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry … life-affirming’
Fiona Maddocks, music critic for the Observer
Born in 1965 to Italian immigrant parents, Michael Volpe and his three older brothers were raised by their mother on a council estate in west London. Scraping by on nothing but grit and mischief,. fighting their way to the top of the heap, and trying to avoid ending up in the local borstal, their destinies seemed set.
But then everything changed: Michael was offered a place at Woolverstone Hall, a progressive state boarding school designed to give bright inner-city boys the opportunity of a public school education. Aged eleven, he entered an alien world of rules and consequences – as well as cricket, culture and classical civilisation. But, as quickly became clear, it’s easier to take the boy out of the estate than to take the estate out of the boy.
Set against a backdrop of nuns, rugby, gangsters, ice cream vans, strict school masters and music, Noisy at the Wrong Times is the vibrant, funny and often moving story of a boy who was given a chance – though whether he took it or not is another question…
‘A redemption journey without an ounce of smug, Noisy should be shouted about’
Neil Fisher, deputy arts editor for The Times
Michael joined the Royal Borough Of Kensington and Chelsea in October 1989 after a period of working in the international hotel industry and founded Opera Holland Park in 1996. Michael is a Chelsea supporter, and fervent advocate of cultural engagement for all – neither of which are necessarily related.