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A Curious Career

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A Curious Career

A wonderfully frank and funny memoir of Britain’s greatest and most ferocious interviewer, Lynn Barber.

Lynn Barber, by her own admission, has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness. An exceptionally inquisitive child, she constantly questioned everyone she knew about intimate details of their lives. This talent, coupled with her unusual lack of the very English fear of social embarrassment, is the perfect blend for a celebrity interviewer.

Barber takes us through her early career at Penthouse, where she started out interviewing foot fetishists, voyeurs, dominatrices and men who liked wearing diapers, to her later more eminent career at the Telegraph, Sunday Express, Vanity Fair, Observer, and Sunday Times. Barber has interviewed a huge cross section of celebrities: politicians, film stars, comedians, dancers and musicians, from Gore Vidal and Rudolph Nureyev to Lady Gaga. Characterized by Barber’s witty and honest style,A CURIOUS CAREER is full of glorious anecdotes such as the interview with Salvador Dali that was only supposed to last one day and ended up running into four at Dali’s invitation, and is filled with transcripts of interview highlights, among them the one with Rafael Nadal that infuriated his fans so much Barber saw her Twitter followers double so that his fans could abuse her online.

A CURIOUS CAREER is a fascinating window into the lives of those she has interviewed, but also into the world of journalism itself.

A Curious Career
by Lynn Barber