When Lynn Barber was 16, 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 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.
“The most riveting memoir you will read this year, comic and tragic by turns. A small masterpiece.” (Literary Review)
“Candid, unsentimental and extremely funny. I read it in one glorious go, laughing and crying throughout.” (Zoë Heller, novelist and journalist)
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Good memoir, even if her memory is unreliable.