A Curious Career

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Bloomsbury Publishing, May 8, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Lynn Barber, by her own admission, has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness. An exceptionally inquisitive child she constantly questioned everyone she knew about imitate details of their lives. This talent for nosiness, coupled with her unusual lack of the very English fear of social embarrassment, turned out to be the perfect qualification for a celebrity interviewer.

In A Curious Career, Lynn Barber takes us from her early years as a journalist at Penthouse - where she started out interviewing foot fetishists, voyeurs, dominatrices and men who liked wearing nappies - to her later more eminent role interrogating a huge cross-section of celebrities ranging from politicians to film stars, comedians, writers, artists and musicians. A Curious Career is full of glorious anecdotes - the interview with Salvador Dali that, at Dali's invitation, ended up lasting four days, or the drinking session with Shane MacGowan during which they planned to rob a bank. It also contains eye-opening transcripts, such as her infamous interview with the hilarious and spectacularly rude Marianne Faithfull.

A wonderfully frank and funny memoir by Britain's greatest and most ferocious interviewer, A Curious Career is also a fascinating window into the lives of celebrities and the changing world of journalism.

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British journalist Barber (An Education) attributes her successful career as an interviewer to her childhood "hobby" of nosiness, a rather endearing characteristic that is clearly evident throughout ... Read full review


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The veteran celebrity journalist looks back on her legendary ability for asking questions others wouldn't dare.Barber (An Education, 2010, etc.) believes being "exceptionally nosy" is part of what has ... Read full review

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The Value of Nosiness
As Good As It Gets 3 On Interviewing
In Extremis
Pop Stars
Sex withMichael Winner 10 Writers
Artists On Being Interviewed
What Ive Learned
Acknowledgements A Note on the Author By the SameAuthor

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Lynn Barber is an award-winning British journalist. Several collections of her interviews have been anthologised. She read English Literature at Oxford, worked for Penthouse magazine for seven years, then for the Sunday Express, Independent on Sunday, Vanity Fair, Observer and Sunday Times. Her books include two collections of interviews, Mostly Men and Demon Barber, as well as two sex manuals and a study of Victorian naturalists. Her memoir, An Education, was made into an award-winning film starring Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike. She lives in north London.


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