In Two Minds: a Biography of Jonathan Miller Hardcover – 23 Nov 2012
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'compelling.. a dense , exhaustively, well-researched portrait .. a persuasive, ultimately rather sad portrait of a North London Jewish boy.' --Sunday Times
'a remarkable portrait of a complex and Coleridgean figure.' 5 stars --Telegraph
'An admirably thorough job of a biography: sympathetic, deeply researched, informed by long conversations with Miller and dozens of friends, colleagues and, occasionally, enemies.' --The Spectator
'Sir Jonathan Miller is a remarkable man. As one of the great egocentrics of his generation, he would not question this judgement... Ms Bassett's first-class authorised biography does not mask Sir Jonathan's weaknesses, but she says that, in conversation, his flaws seem more tragicomic than intolerable the bile and bitterness never quite obliterate the man's warmth.' --The Economist
'Kate Bassett's absorbing, in-depth and erudite biography of Miller … produce(s) an appealingly multifaceted figure of a man' --The Observer
'Kate Bassett's brilliant, exhaustively researched biography gathers it all together and reminds us what a truly astonishing man he is.' --Jewish Chronicle
About the Author
Kate Bassett is the theatre critic for the Independent on Sunday and a freelance arts journalist. She has previously worked for The Times and the Daily Telegraph, also the Guardian, Time Out, the TLS and the New Statesman, writing features and reviews on film, books, dance, comedy and other subjects. She has served on many awards panels, chairing the Perrier Comedy Awards twice. She also teaches and gives platform talks.
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He was part of what was a cultural heyday on tv in the sixties, with 'Screen International', 'Late Night Line-up' etc, opening up all sorts of artistic horizons. I remember as a teenager seeing him on 'Monitor', his 'Alice' and 'Whistle and I'll Come to You' on first transmission and being amazed that these extraordinarily powerful pieces stemmed from the same source as the witty brilliance of chat show appearances, and the hysterical silliness and satire of 'Beyond the Fringe'. ('Alice' and 'Whistle ...' are just as powerful today as when first shown, it seems to me.) Then seeing a matinee of 'The Three Sisters' on tour in Leeds that was so brilliant I returned for the evening performance because I knew if I didn't I would never be able to capture the experience again. Then of course, 'The Body in Question', televised opera performances and behind the scenes documentaries, superb BBC Shakespeare productions of 'The Shrew' and 'Lear', and innumerable wonderfully witty and entertaining tv appearances.
Basset seems to me to balance perfectly the role of sympathetic narrator with a determination to explore the less impressive aspects of his personality: quick to take offence when criticised; intemperate in response when angry or offended; at times impossibly egocentric and self-absorbed. That side of his personality is easy to dislike and lampoon. (And, yes, as one reviewer here points out, some of his outbursts do not fit with the easy, liberal posture we generally recognise.Read more ›
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An excellent read about an extremely talented ,complicated and fascinating person. Often grumpy,often very funny and never dull. I really enjoyed it.Published on 13 Jan. 2014 by operetta
Ms Bassett has written a book that places itself well inside the biography's Goldilocks Zone. That is to say that all those weightings that can skew a biography out of shape are... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2013 by Frogstopper
Too disjointed too much repetition, particularly Danny Kay incident. Otherwise very interesting enjoyable read, no surprises or anything new about Jonathan, undoubtedly a genius -... Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2013 by janette jacobs
I read this last year in hardback, and really enjoyed. A relative newbie to the world of Miller, I found this book to be very well written biography and a chance to get to know a... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by Louise
I've struggled to reach the half-way point, and will now probably give up. This is just a rag-bag of dropped names, endless quotations without context: and cheap psychology. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by Magherablade