The Complete Outsider : Always Almost: Never Quite
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.
- Paperback | 600 pages
- 156 x 234 x 49mm | 1,068g
- 25 Jul 2019
- QUARTET BOOKS
- London, United Kingdom
`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
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.