Friday, 27 July 2012
One on One by Craig Brown
If you're looking for some potted history and a quick overview of many biographies - snap shots in the lives of the famous or worthy - then I really recommend One on One by Craig Brown. In a couple of pages he describes an encounter between two people (Nancy Reagan and Andy Warhol, for example) and then moves on to the next encounter. Each story is told with a light touch and gentle commentary, using many of their own words and thoughts - the Bibliography at the back is about 20 pages! Brilliant if you've only got a few minutes, just as good if you have more time and want to go on a journey that reads like a 'six degrees of separation' on a grand scale. I'll be loading it on askmeaboutbooks.co.uk as soon as I finish it!