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Demon Barber [Paperback]

Lynn Barber
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25 Nov 1999
This is an account of the relationship between the Press and the British monarchy and its downfall. Why did the relationship change? How much was it as a result of public opinion, or was public opinion influenced by the Press? To what extent is the Murdoch Press responsible? Is it all a plot by the Australian media? What is it like to be a journalist or photographer making your living from watching the Royals? Or to be the media advisor to Prince Charles? A succession of bad royal marriages have culminated in a feud between Charles and Diana in which the Press is their chosen weapon. Journalist Lynn Barber analyzes the relationship of the Press and the Palace.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140234144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140234145
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smart, witty collection of interviews 4 Jan 2000
Format:Paperback
Whoever wrote the synopsis for Amazon appears to have been thinking of a completely different book. This has nothing to do with Princess Diana and only tangentially connects to the royal family. Rather, it is a collection of Lynn "Demon" Barber's celebrity interviews over the 96-98 period, including (among others) Gerry Adams, Eddie Izzard, Julian Clary, Julie Burchill, Jarvis Cocker, Major Ron Ferguson, Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Lord Deedes, Lord Rees-Mogg and Harriet Harman. Barber never shies away from allowing her own opinions to be felt (particularly about Harman - ouch), which may annoy some, but will delight fans of slick, entertaining journalism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading - Barber's wonderful 17 May 2002
Format:Paperback
Lynn Barber's interviews are always worth reading. I've followed her as she's moved around, from the Sunday Express to the Observer via The Independent, and, as a matter of fact, her pieces have often been the main reason for buying those papers.
The mix of people in this collection is interesting; I enjoyed reading about her being star struck over Jarvis Cocker, and her amusing account of the out-of-touch-with-reality Lord Rees Mogg.
Demon Barber is an excellent follow-up to her earlier book, Mostly Men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Women Are Funny 4 July 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Christopher Hitchens recently published an article entitled 'Why Women Aren't Funny'. The proposition developed there is that, in short, Women Aren't Funny, or at least 'taken on average and as a whole' they are less funny than men. Anyone tempted by this view should read Mostly Men (1991) and Demon Barber (1998) followed by any two books of Christopher Hitchens. They would find that, whatever the merits of Hitchens, on chuckle count Lynn Barber wins by a mile.

Mostly Men and Demon Barber consist of selected interviews with famous people conducted in the eighties and nineties. Each book has about thirty interviews; they mostly appeared originally in the Independent on Sunday or Observer.

Barber has a reputation for, as she puts it, 'duffing interviewees up' (she means in the pen-is-mightier-than-the-sword sense; no physical violence is involved). But she only rarely demonizes her interviewees, and when she does, as in the case of Harriet Harman, it usually seems well deserved. What makes these interviews so enjoyable is Barber's talent for getting through the celebrity 'shell' and giving you some sense of what her interviewees are actually like.

Several features of her technique stand out. First, she realises that how the celebrity manages the logistics of the interview can be telling: do they repeatedly cancel (Jeremy Irons), forget the interview (Barry Humphries), arrive late (Joseph Heller), control the interviewer's lunch menu (Delia Smith)?

Second, she is prepared to ask questions which few would have the nerve to: are you gay? (Dale Winton), why do you always go out with bimbos? (Michael Winner), why do people think you're thick? (Harriet Harman).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Feb 2013
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A fine journalist and interviewer - though a sometimes contentious one. Always readable - even years after first written. You don't have to agree with all her conclusions to enjoy.
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