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A Curious Career (Paperback)
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A Curious Career (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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Lynn Barber, by her own admission, has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness. An exceptionally inquisitive child she constantly questioned everyone she knew about imitate details of their lives. This talent for nosiness, coupled with her unusual lack of the very English fear of social embarrassment, turned out to be the perfect qualification for a celebrity interviewer. In A Curious Career, Lynn Barber takes us from her early years as a journalist at Penthouse - where she started out interviewing foot fetishists, voyeurs, dominatrices and men who liked wearing nappies - to her later more eminent role interrogating a huge cross-section of celebrities ranging from politicians to film stars, comedians, writers, artists and musicians. A Curious Career is full of glorious anecdotes - the interview with Salvador Dali that, at Dali's invitation, ended up lasting four days, or the drinking session with Shane MacGowan during which they planned to rob a bank. It also contains eye-opening transcripts, such as her infamous interview with the hilarious and spectacularly rude Marianne Faithfull. A wonderfully frank and funny memoir by Britain's greatest and most ferocious interviewer, A Curious Career is also a fascinating window into the lives of celebrities and the changing world of journalism.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408837214
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 163 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Packed full of incredible stories * Glamour *
The book of the career of the ferocious interviewer: what happens, she says, when a nosy child grows up to find her perfect job -- Katy Guest * Independent on Sunday *
Lots of fun ... very moving * Evening Standard *
Funny, bold, incisive, clever and interesting * Independent *
Candid, unsentimental and extremely funny. I read it in one glorious go, laughing and crying throughout * Zoe Heller *
The queen bee of the celebrity interview * Daily Mail *
For a guide [to journalism], there could be no better place to start than with Lynn Barber's second volume of autobiography, A Curious Career -- Olivia Cole * GQ *
Funny, thoughtful and beautifully written * Glamour *
Barber's back with a candid and extremely entertaining account of her early career as a celebrity interviewer that's packed with anecdotes illuminating both her own and her interviewees' lives ... I read this in a sitting, unable to stop smiling * Women & Home *
a riot of a read - funny, irreverent, artlessly frank -- Decca Aitkenhead * Guardian *
Barber turned the interview into an art form ... Like all the best conjurors, she relies on speed, practice, psychological insight, a powerful imagination and phenomenally acute observation. For nearly half a century she has held up a mirror in which her contemporaries see themselves reflected with a precision and panache most novelists would envy - and most biographers too -- Hilary Spurling * Guardian *

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