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 both 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.
“[Barber’s] a suburban girl who's frightened that she's going to get cut out of everything good that happens in the city. That, to me, is a big story in popular culture. It's the story of pretty much every rock 'n' roll band." — Nick Hornby, author of the screenplay An Education
“The most riveting memoir you will read this year. It is short, pithy, fast-paced, comic and tragic by turns…a small masterpiece.” —Valerie Grove (Times Literary Review)
“Candid, unsentimental and extremely funny. I read it in one glorious go, laughing and crying throughout.” —Zoë Heller
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