Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

by Craig Brown
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Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings by Craig Brown

From “one of the funniest writers in Britain—wise, clever, hilarious, and a national treasure” (Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’s Diary) comes this delightful book of “101 ingeniously linked encounters between the famous and the infamous” [The Observer (London) Best Books of the Year].

Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, a book that has been hailed by reviewers in London as “howlingly funny” (The Spectator), “original and a complete delight” (The Sunday Times), and “rich and hugely enjoyable” (The Guardian). Or, as the London Evening Standard put it, “the truth and nothing but the plain, bonkers, howling truth . . . It is partly a huge karmic parlour game, partly a dance to the music of chaos—and only the genius of Craig Brown could have produced it.” Who could imagine such unlikely—but true— encounters as these:

Martha Graham meets Madonna

Igor Stravinsky meets Walt Disney

Frank Lloyd Wright meets Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe meets Nikita Khrushchev

President Richard Nixon meets Elvis Presley

Harpo Marx meets George Bernard Shaw

Cecil Beaton meets Mick Jagger

Salvador Dali meets Sigmund Freud

Groucho Marx meets T.S. Eliot

Brilliant in conception, Hello Goodbye Hello shows how the celebrated and gifted—like the rest of us— got along famously or disastrously or indifferently with one another, but, thanks to Craig Brown, always to our amusement and entertainment.

From an opening story in which Adolf Hitler survives being knocked down by a careless English driver in 1931 to the Duchess of Windsor’s meeting with the Führer over tea, and 99 others in between, Hello Goodbye Hello is the perfect example that truth is stranger than fiction (and infinitely more enjoyable).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451683608
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Craig Brown writes the Private Eye celebrity diary as well as a twice-weekly column for the Daily Mail (London) and reviews books for Mail on Sunday. He was the host of This Is Craig Brown on BBC Radio 4. Mr. Brown lives in London.

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Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
shopaholicDE More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I would recommend it. I think the idea is pretty clever -stringing the people together like this, however, it is a "dry" read- a bit hard to get through and at times I found myself going over a page because my mind would wander and here, it was something laugh out loud funny - just the way it's written, it is in English but I do find sometimes when I am reading a book from a British author, I have trouble with it and I do not know why that is. It's something I've noticed. Also the people I was very familiar with, of course, I liked those stories much better than those I was not as familiar with. I would borrow this one from a library rather than running out and buying it.
efm More than 1 year ago
easy read, interesting how one persons life interacts with another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the stories were entertaining, however I thought a lot of them were boring.
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karatepen More than 1 year ago
This is a book filled with almost trivia facts of encounters within interesting or famous people.it is a book to pick up when you want to distract yourself and read something of some interest.It is well written and has an interesting devotion by the author for research on issues one wouldn't come across otherwise.
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Can we go to dark light? Im locked out of the second