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 as soon as I finish it!

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