An Education

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When 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.

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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 Read a .pdf of a sample chapter.

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Author Lynn Barber
Publisher Atlas & Co.
Page Count 192pp
Publication Size 5 x 7.25
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date January 29, 2010
ISBN 978-1934633854

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