ELLE Books Editor's Pick: A Curious Career

Alex Heminsley on this week's hottest new book

A Curious Career by Lynn Barber (Bloomsbury)

An Education captured all of our imaginations five years ago. Already a Grand Dame of journalism, Lynn Barber herself became a figure we were all interested in. This, an agonisingly slight collection of her interview highlights, introduced and contextualised by Barber herself, serves as something of a sequel to her early life. From interviewing Salvador Dali for Penthouse (where she began), to being enchanted by Shane MacGowan for the Observer, her career has been varied to say the least, and her personal life hasn’t shied from being colourful either. Here she fills in the gaps between interviews that never made it into the original publications – who did she detest grappling with, who is the best to work for, and what is it like to be interviewed herself? (She reserves particularly high praise for Kirsty Young‘s work on Desert Island Discs). Gossipy, intimate and as perceptive as ever, this is not quite a second memoir, but far more fun that just a collection of journalism.

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