An Education

An Education

Book - 2009
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Lynn Barber's true story, now a major film of the same name scripted by Nick Hornby. At 16, Lynn Barber was an ambitious schoolgirl working towards a place at Oxford, when she was picked up at a bus-stop by an attractive older man in a sports car. So began a relationship that almost wrecked her life. Barber's fascinating memoir takes us beyond this bizarre episode, revealing how it left her with an abiding mistrust of men which paradoxically led her to a promiscuous life-style at university until she met her husband-to-be. An Education tells how she went on to work for seven years at daring (for the times) men's magazine Penthouse before beginning her starry days as the Demon Barber - Britain's most entertaining and most feared interviewer. The book ends with an extraordinarily moving account of the early death of her husband. Her writing is refreshingly frank and funny.
Publisher: London : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780141044149
0141044144
9780141039558
0141039558
Branch Call Number: Biography B Bar

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 22, 2011

I like her dry British commentary and the fact she doesn't go rambling on and on, but simply says what she wants to say and keeps on going. The book made me laugh, which is priceless in my estimation.

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vchuynh
Sep 10, 2011

I found this book funny, witty and charming; but only kind of. I went in with high expectations and unfortunately they may have been too high. I think this book is overrated. I was really hoping for more detail and internal emotions about her rendezvous when she was 16 and 17, which is what the movie is about. There is only 1 chapter about this, and it is a brief one. I found myself losing interest many times. I feel like I needed to live in the UK to understand some of the wit in her narrative. It is an honest memoir of someone that I, frankly, do not care about—possibly because I’ve never heard of her.

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annanina
Apr 17, 2011

First, I watched a movie titled "An Education" based on this book and I really didn't care for the movie. However, the fact that it was based on a memoir interested me. I have read the book and really, really liked it. The movie is based on only a small part of the memoir. I found the book well written and incredibly honest, sometimes even brutally honest. Highly recommended.

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Sep 10, 2011

vchuynh thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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