The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs (Hardback)
  • The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs (Hardback)

The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs (Hardback)

Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 26/09/2019
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Touching on everyone from David Bowie to Philip Green, The Glossy Years is a radiantly indulgent trawl through the glamour and sheen of the magazine industry with one of its pre-eminent practitioners. Bursting with racy anecdote and outrageous incident, this is one of the most gloriously enjoyable books of the year.

Diana touched your elbow, your arm, covered your hand with hers. It was alluring. And she was disarmingly confiding.

"Can I ask you something? Nicholas, please be frank..."

Over his thirty-year career at Conde Nast, Nicholas Coleridge has witnessed it all. From the anxieties of the Princess of Wales to the blazing fury of Mohamed Al-Fayed, his story is also the story of the people who populate the glamorous world of glossy magazines. With relish and astonishing candour, he offers the inside scoop on Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, David Bowie and Philip Green, Kate Moss and Beyonce; on Margaret Thatcher's clothes legacy, and a surreal weekend away with Bob Geldof and William Hague. Cara Delevingne, media tycoons, Prime Ministers, Princes, Mayors and Maharajas - all cross his path.

His career in magazines straddles the glossies throughout their glorious zenith - from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to the digital iterations of the 21st century. Having cut his teeth on Tatler, and as Editor-in-Chief of Harpers & Queen, he became the Mr Big of glossy publishing for three decades.

Packed with surprising and often hilarious anecdotes, The Glossy Years also provides perceptive insight into the changing and treacherous worlds of fashion, journalism, museums and a whole sweep of British society. This is a rich, honest, witty and very personal memoir of a life splendidly lived.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241342879
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


‘Less warts and all, more beauty spots and Botox.’ - The Financial Times

'The literary equivalent of light sparkling wine.' - The Sunday Telegraph

'The most entertaining book of the year' - The Sunday Times

'An entertaining whirlwind' - Evening Standard 

'Coleridge writes like a dream' - The Observer

'Coleridge dissects the social mores with the precision of Tom Wolfe' - The New Yorker

'Coleridge fixes the world with a glittering eye' - The Financial Times

'I adored it. Coleridge has a Waugh-like eye for hilarious social nuance and a Henry Jamesian ear for precision. He is both self-deprecating and shrewd as he regales us with his rollicking ride as editor and tastemaker in the world of British glossy magazines: an irresistible read' - Tina Brown 

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