A Curious Career Hardcover – 8 May 2014
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Barber's recollections of her time as a celebrity interviewer follow the success of An Education, her memoir of her early life. It should be a delight, dripping with gems about her encounters with everyone from Rudolf Nureyev to Lady Gaga ( Sunday Times)
Packed full of incredible stories (Glamour)
The book of the career of the ferocious interviewer: what happens, she says, when a nosy child grows up to find her perfect job (Katy Guest Independent on Sunday)
Praise for Lynn Barber:
'Barber's elegant prose radiates love(Jane Shilling Daily Telegraph)
Lots of fun ... very moving (Evening Standard)
Funny, bold, incisive, clever and interesting (Independent)
Candid, unsentimental and extremely funny. I read it in one glorious go, laughing and crying throughout (Zoe Heller)
The queen bee of the celebrity interview (Daily Mail)
For a guide [to journalism], there could be no better place to start than with Lynn Barber's second volume of autobiography, A Curious Career (Olivia Cole GQ)
Funny, thoughtful and beautifully written ( Glamour )
Barber's back with a candid and extremely entertaining account of her early career as a celebrity interviewer that's packed with anecdotes illuminating both her own and her interviewees' lives ... I read this in a sitting, unable to stop smiling ( Women & Home )
A riot of a read - funny, irreverent, artlessly frank (Decca Aitkenhead Guardian )
Barber turned the interview into an art form ... Like all the best conjurors, she relies on speed, practice, psychological insight, a powerful imagination and phenomenally acute observation. For nearly half a century she has held up a mirror in which her contemporaries see themselves reflected with a precision and panache most novelists would envy - and most biographers too (Hilary Spurling Guardian )
A terrific read ... Lynn Barber can take an over-interviewed, not-terribly-interesting celebrity and write 5,000 words about them that are so clever, bold and funny you want to read to the very end (Financial Times)
For fans of Lynn Barber, A Curious Career will delight and entertain. For anyone contemplating a career in celebrity journalist, it's absolutely indispensible ***** (Mail on Sunday)
Barber brilliantly nails the ghastly black-comedy irrationality of grief and the quietly heroic business of keeping-on keeping-in while everything simultaneously stops making sense ... Barber's wince-making eloquence on the pain of fresh widowhood lingered long after I finished A Curious Career. And then at the end I felt terribly disappointed; even having read it as slowly as I dared, at 211 pages it was all over far too quickly ... both on the page and in real life, Lynn Barber invariably leaves you wanting more (Sunday Times)
Incredibly satisfying and enjoyable: witty, mischievous, insightful, and, one occasion, elegiac ... A veritable masterclass in how it's done (Rachel Cooke, Observer)
She cuts, sparkles, is sometimes generous, never daunted, always full of verve ... Readers will love this pacy, absorbing book (Independent)
A hugely enjoyable read - the gold standard of professional prying (Evening Standard)
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One interviewer I always do read however, even when she's interviewing an actor, is of course the Demon Barber. And in this book we learn why her interviews always prove to be so interesting. Firstly, it's because she does her homework, spending a huge amount of time on research before the interview (so she won't ask the interviewee something they've been asked a hundred times before). She wastes not a second of precious interview time and refuses to do less than a one hour interview (she explains how nowadays even serious interviewers get trapped by the PR machine into flying half way round the world for a 15-minute slot with a star.) She always tapes her interviews (so perhaps 'a bouquet of wired barbs' would be a more accurate header) and spends at least a week writing them up.
This book contains the background to a selection of interviews, all of which make fascinating reading, even the ones where people I like or admire come off rather badly (Martin Clunes and Rafa Nadal). A Curious Career also updates the reader on Barber's terrific memoir An Education.Read more ›
In fact, I was so impressed that I emailed the Observer to thank all concerned and pass on my congratulations to the Demon herself. To my surprise, she responded, thanking me for my comments.. So I will not hear a word said against her.
This is a really interesting, well-written book. Buy it!
My only complaint that it was far too short, but I'll seek out the author's other titles as a result. Brilliant stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In her memoir 'A Curious Career' veteran interviewer Lynn Barber puts her success down to her incurable nosiness and the fact that she has no qualms about asking questions other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susie B
quite interesting but I think she relied too much on reprinting earlier interviews. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone else.Published 5 months ago by GGJ
A lazy exercise, which includes the substantial reproduction some of her her old reviews. And her blanket dislike of the theatre smacks of a lack of discrimination as well as sheer... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter Jenkins
There’s no end to the number of interviews available to us at the minute but many of them are deeply unfulfilling, with celebrities wheeling out the same anecdotes about whatever... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kevin Freeburn
I simply loved this book. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. I could have devoured another four or five chapters, easily - even if they were just a couple more of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. E. Thomson
How dreary could an interviewers life be??? Imean, the only interesting bits about this book is when she pastes up two or three actual interviews, then we discover something about... Read morePublished 21 months ago by mrs dvd twickers
A brilliant read, such a lively and engaging style of writing.Published 22 months ago by Lynne Nolan
This was a fantastic read.
I had no idea that Lynn Barber was the woman that the film 'An Education' was based on. Read more