An Education by Lynn Barber
Lynn Barber is a Journalist from London, England who started her career at Penthouse back in the day when the staff amounted to less than ten. She recently wrote a slim nine chapter memoir- An Education, which recounts her childhood, sexual education, university, husband, three chapters on career and finally the chapter she calls ‘Disaster’.
What strikes me about Ms. Barber’s life story is how unapologetically careers driven she is. With only a few cursory mentions of being a mother or having stayed home with her children for six years she focuses her story relaying the different journalistic achievement, interviewees and industry escapades. A bit of a frigid wife she concludes that “I was never a good wife; he should never have married me; he deserved someone nicer.” Ms. Barber is a flawlessly economical writer and does an amazing job of seemingly objectively examining her life.
Here is an interview with the author:
This memoir has also been made into a movie by the same title, directed by Lone Schefig and adapted by Nick Hornby.