Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 7, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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From “one of the funniest writers in Britain—wise, clever, hilarious, and a national treasure” (Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’s Diary) comes this delightful book of “101 ingeniously linked encounters between the famous and the infamous” [The Observer (London) Best Books of the Year].

Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, a book that has been hailed by reviewers in London as “howlingly funny” (The Spectator), “original and a complete delight” (The Sunday Times), and “rich and hugely enjoyable” (The Guardian). Or, as the London Evening Standard put it, “the truth and nothing but the plain, bonkers, howling truth . . . It is partly a huge karmic parlour game, partly a dance to the music of chaos—and only the genius of Craig Brown could have produced it.” Who could imagine such unlikely—but true— encounters as these:

Martha Graham meets Madonna

Igor Stravinsky meets Walt Disney

Frank Lloyd Wright meets Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe meets Nikita Khrushchev

President Richard Nixon meets Elvis Presley

Harpo Marx meets George Bernard Shaw

Cecil Beaton meets Mick Jagger

Salvador Dali meets Sigmund Freud

Groucho Marx meets T.S. Eliot

Brilliant in conception, Hello Goodbye Hello shows how the celebrated and gifted—like the rest of us— got along famously or disastrously or indifferently with one another, but, thanks to Craig Brown, always to our amusement and entertainment.

From an opening story in which Adolf Hitler survives being knocked down by a careless English driver in 1931 to the Duchess of Windsor’s meeting with the Fhrer over tea, and 99 others in between, Hello Goodbye Hello is the perfect example that truth is stranger than fiction (and infinitely more enjoyable).
 

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User Review  - MarthaHuntley - LibraryThing

I considered this book a guilty pleasure -- an interesting premise, very gossipy, sometimes outrageous anecdotes. I found the first section and the last by far the most interesting -- the long middle bogged down in stories about people I'm not familiar with and couldn't really appreciate. Read full review

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User Review  - pixiestyx77 - LibraryThing

I got to page 225 before I gave up. While I enjoyed some of the stories, they were only sort of interesting and finishing for bookclub began to feel like homework. I think part of the problem is that ... Read full review

Contents

Rudyard Kipling + Mark Twain
7
Madonna + Michael Jackson
20
Jackie Kennedy + HM Queen Elizabeth II
35
Evelyn Waugh + Igor Stravinsky
51
Walt Disney + P L Travers
57
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff + Frank Lloyd Wright
64
Marilyn Monroe + Nikita Khrushchev
70
George Brown + Eli Wallach
78
George Bernard Shaw + Bertrand Russell
174
Sarah Miles + Terence Stamp
181
Edward Heath + Walter Sickert
188
Winston Churchill + Laurence Olivier
195
Salinger + Ernest Hemingway
202
Ford Madox Ford + Oscar Wilde
209
Marcel Proust + James Joyce
215
Harold Nicolson + Cecil Beaton
222

Frank Sinatra + Dominick Dunne
85
Phil Spector + Leonard Cohen
91
Janis Joplin + Patti Smith
97
Allen Ginsberg + Francis Bacon
103
HRH Princess Margaret + Kenneth Tynan
109
Truman Capote + Peggy Lee
115
President Richard M Nixon + Elvis Presley
123
Paul McCartney + Nol Coward
130
Prince Felix Youssoupoff + Grigori Rasputin
136
Tsar Nicholas II + Harry Houdini
142
President Theodore Roosevelt + H G Wells
149
Josef Stalin + Maxim Gorky
155
Leo Tolstoy + Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
161
Sergei Rachmaninoff + Harpo Marx
167
Mick Jagger + Tom Driberg
228
Christopher Hitchens + George Galloway
236
Michael Barrymore + Diana Princess of Wales
244
Princess Grace + Alfred Hitchcock
250
Raymond Chandler + Howard Hawks
256
Howard Hughes + Cubby Broccoli
262
George Lazenby + Simon Dee
269
Michael Ramsey + Geoffrey Fisher
276
Roald Dahl + Kingsley Amis
282
Lord Snowdon + Barry Humphries
288
Salvador Dal + Sigmund Freud
294
Gustav Mahler + Auguste Rodin
301
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About the author (2012)

Craig Brown writes the Private Eye celebrity diary as well as a twice-weekly column for the Daily Mail (London) and reviews books for Mail on Sunday. He was the host of This Is Craig Brown on BBC Radio 4. Mr. Brown lives in London.

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