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Lynn Barber's true story, now a major film of the same name scripted by Nick Hornby. At 16, Lynn Barber was an ambitious schoolgirl working towards a place at Oxford, when she was picked up at a bus-stop by an attractive older man in a sports car. So began a relationship that almost wrecked her life. Barber's fascinating memoir takes us beyond this bizarre episode, revealing how it left her with an abiding mistrust of men which paradoxically led her to a promiscuous life-style at university until she met her husband-to-be. An Education tells how she went on to work for seven years at daring (for the times) men's magazine Penthouse before beginning her starry days as the Demon Barber - Britain's most entertaining and most feared interviewer. The book ends with an extraordinarily moving account of the early death of her husband. Her writing is refreshingly frank and funny.

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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: 9781934633854
  • Publisher: Atlas
  • Publication date: 1/29/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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 currently writes for the Observer. She 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.

    3 out of 3 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.

    3 out of 3 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

    2 out of 2 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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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