Monday, February 7, 2011

Movie Mondays

An Education

Book, 2009 by Lynn Barber

At 16, Lynn Barber was an ambitious schoolgirl working towards a place at Oxford, when she was picked up at a bus-stop by an attractive older man in a sports car. So began a relationship that almost wrecked her life. Barber's fascinating memoir takes us beyond this bizarre episode, revealing how it left her with an abiding mistrust of men which paradoxically led her to a promiscuous life-style at university until she met her husband-to-be. An Education tells how she went on to work for seven years at daring (for the times) men's magazine Penthouse before beginning her starry days as the Demon Barber - Britain's most entertaining and most feared interviewer. The book ends with an extraordinarily moving account of the early death of her husband. Her writing is refreshingly frank and funny.

Movie, 2009 directed by Lone Scherfig

Features: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard

Storyline: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Awards: It was nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress.

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

I have seen this one and thought it was really good. I didn't realize until now that it was up for Best Picture last year (it lost to The Hurt Locker).

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