Lynn Barber on her life as an interviewer

She’s most famous for interviewing – grilling more like – the famous and penning portraits of them like no one else. But this time it’s Lynn Barber herself doing the talking. On 20th May, she’ll be at the Bloomsbury Institute talking about her memoir, A Curious Career, which focuses in particular on her work as an interviewer. (Her previous memoir, An Education, was made into the Oscar winning film, with Carey Mulligan playing the young Barber). Barber will talk about her early days working at Penthouse and interviewing voyeurs and fetishists and the like, as well as her more eminent work at The Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Vanity Fair, Observer and Sunday Times. We can’t wait to hear about the interview she did with Salvador Dali, which was supposed to happen in one day, but took four, her infamous interview with a spectacularly rude Marianne Faithful, or her piece on Rafael Nadal that so infuriated his fans that Barber saw her Twitter followers double, so that they could abuse her online. Barber is well known for being fabulous company: smart as a whip, frank, self aware and full of humour, so this is a talk we don’t want to miss. Tickets, no doubt, will sell quickly so do book now.

Bloomsbury Book Club with Lynn Barber
Tuesday 20 May 2014. Drinks at 6pm. Talk at 6.30pm
Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP
£10 or £25 with a hardback copy of A Curious Career by Lynn Barber
020 7631 5600
— Daisy
23rd April 2014

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