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Just the One: The Wives and Times of Jeffrey Bernard 1932-1997 Paperback – 1 Oct 1997


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747260044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747260042
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Graham Lord is a British author whose most recent book, 'Lord's Ladies and Gentlemen: 100 Legends of the 20th Century', describes more than a hundred writers, actors, politicians, sportsmen and other celebrated people whom he met during forty years as a journalist in London's Fleet Street, and he is about to published a collection of short stories, essays and journalism that he wrote during those years, 'Lord of the Files'.

He has published seven acclaimed biographies, an autobiographical portrait of Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the 1940s, 1950s and 1990, and nine novels - four of which were described by the London Guardian as "metaphysical thrillers" and two of which were entered for Britain's premier Booker Prize for the best novel of the year.

His books have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Russian and Chinese.

He was born in 1943 in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and schooled there although his childhood home was in Portuguese Mozambique. He took an honours degree in History at Cambridge, edited the university newspaper 'Varsity' and joined the 'Sunday Express' in London in 1965, where he spent 27 years, 23 of them as Literary Editor, writing a weekly column about books and interviewing almost every major English language author of the 1960s to 1990s, from P. G. Wodehouse and Graham Greene to Muriel Spark and Ruth Rendell. In 1987 he launched the £20,000 'Sunday Express' Book of the Year Award and after leaving the 'Sunday Express' in 1992 wrote regular literary, travel and opinion pieces for 'The Daily Telegraph', 'The Times' and the 'Daily Mail'. From 1994 to 1996 he edited the short story magazine 'Raconteur'.

His latest novel, 'Under a Hammock Moon', is a comic love/adventure story set on a small Caribbean island similar to the one where he lives with his artist wife, Juliet. They also have a house in the South of France and an apartment in London. He has two daughters and two grandchildren in their 20s. Juliet has a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

All of his 19 books are listed on his website, www.graham-lord.com, together with brief descriptions and reviewers' comments on each book.


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One of the most thoroughly researched biographical enquiries I have read (Patrick Marnham, The Oldie)

I wanted it to be longer. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting and laughed out loud and often (Paul Pickering, Sunday Times)

A gripping and unsentimental biography ... An astonishing achievement (Irma Kurtz, Sunday Express)

About the Author

Graham Lord was literary editor and weekly books columnist of the Sunday Express for many years, during which time he interviewed almost every major novelist and bestseller, from P.G. Wodehouse to Ruth Rendell. He is an author of both non-fiction and fiction.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Garton on 14 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
Brilliant - What an amazing life this man led. I had barely heard of Jeffrey Bernard before this biography was recommended to me and now I'll never forget him.
From start to finish I was gripped - it is an account of the life and loves of the world's greatest loafer, a man who achieved fame through his almost unquenchable thirst for Vodka, his remarkable knack of getting through countless wives and girlfriends combined with his ability to write about it so eloquently. His weekly column in the Spectator was appropriately nicknamed "a suicide note in weekly instalments".
Graham Lord has written a biography that is at the same time both hilarious (or as some would say "laugh out loud funny") and touching. A life punctuated by self-pity and indulgence whilst simultaneously deeply moving and towards the end, courageous.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour and a taste for drink and women. At times you will hate him, at times you will love him and at other times you'll just feel sorry for the man, but throughout the book you'll be saying to yourself, "the world needs more people like this in it."
There is a bit of Bernard in all of us.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Garton on 31 May 2002
Format: Paperback
Brilliant - What an amazing life this man led. I had barely heard of Jeffrey Bernard before this biography was recommended to me and now I'll never forget him.
From start to finish I was gripped, it is the tale of a genius who achieved fame through his almost inconceivable thirst for alcohol combined with his remarkable ability to write.
Graham Lord has written a biography that is at the same time both hilarious (or as some would say "laugh out loud funny") and touching. A life punctuated by self-pity and indulgence whilst simultaneously deeply moving and towards the end, courageous.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour and a taste for a drink. At times you will hate him, at times you will love him and at other times you'll just feel sorry for the man, but throughout the book you'll be saying to yourself, "the world needs more people like this in it."
There is a bit of Bernard in all of us.
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