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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 16mm | 141g
- Publication date: 15 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141044144
- ISBN 13: 9780141044149
- Edition statement: Film tie-in ed.
- Sales rank: 48,891
Lynn Barber's true story is now a major film of the same name scripted by Nick Hornby. At 16, Lynn Barber was an ambitious schoolgirl working towards a place at Oxford, when she was picked up at a bus-stop by an attractive older man in a sports car. So began a relationship that almost wrecked her life. Barber's fascinating memoir takes us beyond this bizarre episode, revealing how it left her with an abiding mistrust of men which paradoxically led her to a promiscuous life-style at university until she met her husband-to-be. "An Education" tells how she went on to work for seven years at daring (for the times) men's magazine "Penthouse' before beginning her starry days as the Demon Barber - Britain's most entertaining and most feared interviewer. The book ends with an extraordinarily moving account of the early death of her husband. Her writing is refreshingly frank and funny.
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Lynn Barber studied English at Oxford University. She began her career in journalism at Penthouse, and has since worked for a number of major British newspapers and for Vanity Fair. She currently writes for the Observer. She has published two volumes of her celebrated interviews, Mostly Men and Demon Barber.
[Barber s] a suburban girl who s frightened that she s goingto get cut out of everything good that happens in the city.That, to me, is a big story in popular culture. It s the storyof pretty much every rock n roll band.--Nick Hornby, author of the screenplay adaptation of An Education