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An Education by Lynn Barber
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May 08, 10

Read in May, 2010

I bought this after I saw the film (of the same name), but just got around to reading it. I don't know why it took me so long! It is a very quick read. Barber doesn't attempt to write a comprehensive memoir -- instead, she writes several chapters on different periods of her life. There is more focus on her work, but there are some really interesting bits about her parents and her husband. If anyone was perplexed by her parents' attitude towards Simon (in the film), you will not be further enlightened by this memoir. Her final chapter, about her husband's illness and death, is particularly affecting; however, Barber relates these events in the same no-nonsense (and not particularly flattering) way she recounts the other events in the book.

Even though Barber is only in her early 60s, she describes an England which has (mostly) disappeared. The details/atmosphere of her time at Oxford and years working on Fleet Street fascinated me.

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