The Complete Outsider

The Complete Outsider : Always Almost: Never Quite

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Published to enormous critical acclaim and commercial success between 2011 and 2012, these classic memoirs from the late, great and incendiary art critic Brian Sewell are now reissued in a single volume in response to their continuing popularity. With an additional afterword by Naim Attallah recalling Sewell's remarkable gift for friendship, the combined volume provides a remarkable self-portrait of a remarkable art critic who became a national treasure. It was no wonder mugs with `Brian Sewell is Fab' emblazoned around them were on sale in art gallery gift shops.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 49mm | 1,068g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0704374641
  • 9780704374645
  • 7,487

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`The two volumes of Outsider are a major accomplishment. They provide a compelling account of the razzamatazz of the European art world that will be quoted for centuries. Supremely, though, they are a self-portrait of a prickly, fearless, honest man who provided loving loyalty a outrance' TLS; `A delicious read ... tantalising ... I want more - much more' Observer; `Surely the funniest art critic of our time' Spectator; `Filthy, snobbish and tremendously enjoyable' Philip Hensher, Guardian; `He is the gift that keeps on giving - a wonderful writer, a caustic and pungent phrase-maker with a love of bitchy put-downs and wrecking-ball denunciations, the details of whose extraordinary life are matched only by the vividness and glee with which he relates them' John Walsh, Independent; `There are a few books, only a few, which make one wish to know the author in order to explore his thoughts and personality further. This is such a book - by the outstanding, most outspoken art critic of our time' Daily Mail; `Waspish, indiscreet, comical and utterly outrageous ... a rare breed: someone who says what he thinks and doesn't care who knows it' Sunday Express; `Brace yourself for the raciest sell-out autobiography of the year ... I was riveted, fascinated and could not put the book down. It effectively banished all my midwinter blues' The Lady; `Brian Sewell is the connoisseur with a flame thrower ... a remarkable memoir' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
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About Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell was an Orwell Prize-winning journalist and long-term art critic for the Evening Standard. A renowned animal lover, his beloved dogs star in a further volume of memoir Sleeping with Dogs, published by Quartet. His criticisms of English contemporary art, NAKED EMPERORS, are also published by Quartet Books.
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