An Education

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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 Heller

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. Barber’s seducer left her ...

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Overview

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 Heller

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. 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.

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Nick Hornby
“[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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141039558
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Sales rank: 603,594

Meet the Author

Lynn Barber studied English at Oxford University. She began her career in journalism at Penthouse, and has since worked for a number of major British newspapers and for
Vanity Fair. She has won five British Press Awards and has published two volumes of her celebrated interviews, Mostly Men and Demon Barber.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An Education Indeed.

    I first heard about this when I saw the Oscar nominated film based on it. Its really a great story. You will laugh, cry, cringe, and feel everything that she feels. I definitely would recommend. The book, as well as the movie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Fantastic

    I'm so glad I bought this book. I just started it and it is absolutely wonderful. I love the way Lynn Barber writes, about how her simple yet semi hectic life becomes so enriched with all sorts of experiences that you wish you could have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Enjoyable read

    I found this book interesting and engaging. It was a quick read that entertained me for an afternoon. I especially appreciated the way the author described her feelings and relationships with her family, and showed how those feelings educated her in her life.

    I won this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program.

    For my full review check out my blog: http://kimmyblair.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/an-education-by-lynn-barber

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    A Delightful Read

    I picked this up since I am in love with the film adaptation starring Carey Mulligan. But the memoir turned out to be marvelous and entertaining on its own. The bit that the film is based on covers only about 10 pages in the book, but Lynn Barber has such a way with words that fans of the film will not mind at all. Barber looks at her past so candidly and with such a cynical attitude. It is incredibly entertaining, and a really quick read, and I read the book when I was visiting Oxford, Cambridge, and London, which made the experience even more dynamic. I highly recommend this one, especially since it is such a fast read. You have nothing to lose!

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