Mark Wallington

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New book out October 1st.

The Auto Biography

Remember the first car you ever owned, the sense of freedom you got  just tossing the keys in your hand? And remember that company car, the  Mondeo, the one you totaled first day on the job?  Then there was the  Volvo estate, with the Baby on Board sticker in the back window. And  what about the sports car when the mid-life crisis hit?

Everyone can recall the cars in their life.  They act like reference points and they all tell a story. This new book is the story of  the cars I remember the best: my dadís Ford Pop with the windscreen wipers that only worked going downhill; the van I drove that became the hitch-hikersí express; the VW camper that I lost to my 9 year old son in a poker game. These and many others. Itís my life as a car. My Auto Biography. Out on October 1st. AA Publishing


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The Auto Biography. Published October 1st.


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ďIíve always wanted to go on a rock ní roll tour. Only one thing has held me back: musical incompetence.

Then, on my 57th birthday, I was given a ukulele. Here was an instrument even I could play. Somehow I managed to get myself a gig in one of the most remote pubs in Britain, right up on Cape Wrath. All I had to do was get there.

And so the Uke of Wallington hit the road.

Over a summer I travelled on foot and by bus from Brighton to the North of Scotland, playing in open mics and festivals wherever I could. I played the Sandown Tap on the Isle of Wight where a blues band joined me on stage; the Swinging Arm in Birkenhead where I outnumbered the audience; Nicky Tams in Stirling while the bloke in the flat upstairs drilled his floorboards.

It was a musical journey through Britain, the first rock n roll tour undertaken on public transport. By the time I reached Cape Wrath I was ready for the big time.Ē


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