The inspiration for the award-winning motion picture: "Candid, unsentimental and extremely funny. I read it in one glorious go, laughing and crying throughout."—Zoë HellerWhen Lynn Barber was sixteen, a stranger in a maroon sports car pulled up beside her as she was on her way home from school... show more
The inspiration for the award-winning motion picture: "Candid, unsentimental and extremely funny. I read it in one glorious go, laughing and crying throughout."—Zoë HellerWhen Lynn Barber was sixteen, a stranger in a maroon sports car pulled up beside her as she was on her way home from school and offered her a ride. It was the beginning of a long journey from innocence to precocious experience—an affair with an older man that would change her life. Barber’s seducer left her with a taste for luxury hotels and posh restaurants and trips abroad, expensive habits that she managed to support in later life as a successful London journalist whose barbed interviews at once terrorized and fascinated her smart-set subjects. A poignant, shockingly candid account of the stages in a literary life—from promiscuity at Oxford to a stint at Penthouse to a complex marriage that endured—An Education is a classic of English memoir.
Publish date: January 29th 2010
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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, British Literature
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, Biography Memoir
The author had a pretty exciting life so her evoking the facts as a to-do list made it superficial. She didn't offer as much insight as I wanted either into her work or her personal life. It seemed to me as if she described someone else's life. This book could have been so much better!
An easy and interesting read. The film was based on the 2nd chapter about Lynne's affair with an older man when she was at school. I enjoyed the chapters on her job in Penthouse, meeting her husband David and his untimely death. A lovely read I'd recommended.
I enjoyed this book, I really did, but perhaps less than I thought I would. I read it after seeing the preview for the film and loving it. However, the entirety of the film is contained in one chapter of the book. The rest of the book is not as gripping, though still interesting. I was sad to ge...