One on One

Craig Brown

One on One

Craig Brown describes 101 chance meetings, juxtaposing the famous and the infamous, the artistic and the philistine, the pompous and the comical, the snobbish and the vulgar, each 1,001 words long, and with a time span stretching from the 19th century to the 21st. Examples range from the oddity of encounters the Royal Family (who start giggling during a recital by TS Eliot) to those often perilous meetings between old and young (Mark Twain terrifying Rudyard Kipling) and between young and old (the 23-year-old Sarah Miles having her leg squeezed by the nonagenarian Bertrand Russell), to contemporary random encounters (George Galloway meeting Michael Barrymore on Celebrity Big Brother). 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
One on One

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Humour, Biography
Format Hardback
Pages 400
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication September 2011
ISBN 978-0007360628
Publisher Fourth Estate
 

Craig Brown describes 101 chance meetings, juxtaposing the famous and the infamous, the artistic and the philistine, the pompous and the comical, the snobbish and the vulgar, each 1,001 words long, and with a time span stretching from the 19th century to the 21st. Examples range from the oddity of encounters the Royal Family (who start giggling during a recital by TS Eliot) to those often perilous meetings between old and young (Mark Twain terrifying Rudyard Kipling) and between young and old (the 23-year-old Sarah Miles having her leg squeezed by the nonagenarian Bertrand Russell), to contemporary random encounters (George Galloway meeting Michael Barrymore on Celebrity Big Brother).

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Reviews

The Evening Standard

Hermione Eyre

The satirist has reached such a peak of mastery he no longer needs to make things up. Here, in this work of non-fiction, he simply tells the truth and nothing but the plain, bonkers, howling truth ... It is partly a huge karmic parlour game, partly a dance to the music of chaos — and only the genius of Craig Brown could have produced it.

29/09/2011

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The Sunday Times

Christopher Hart

... as funny and perceptive as anything else Brown has given us ... Sterner types might say that this is all just a lot of footling gossip, disguised as something more significant. But those who find gossip not only highly entertaining but also highly revealing about the most complex thing we know of in nature — ourselves — will relish One on One from first chapter to 101st.

25/09/2011

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