An Education

An Education

Book - 2009
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1960- A stranger in a sports car offers a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl a lift. She accepts.

This was the beginning of the two most bizarre years of Lynn Barber's life. For the stranger charmed his way into her family, and turned all their lives upside down. He wined and dined Lynn in posh restaurants, whisked her off to Paris and introduced her to his louche friends - all with the delighted agreement of her parents. And without ever letting on exactly what he did for a living. Only when he proposed and she was on the brink of accepting did she find out something which made her realize she was making the biggest mistake of her life.

Beginning with this remarkable episode, this is an unforgettable memoir. Barber takes the story to the heady world of 1960s Oxford, followed by her improbable career as a sexpert and author of How to Improve Your Man in Bed .

Soon to be the subject of a major film scripted by Nick Hornby.

Visit to see the film trailer and more

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009
ISBN: 9780141039558
Branch Call Number: ANF 070.92 BAR
Characteristics: 182 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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Sep 22, 2011

I like her dry British commentary and the fact she doesn't go rambling on and on, but simply says what she wants to say and keeps on going. The book made me laugh, which is priceless in my estimation.

Sep 10, 2011

I found this book funny, witty and charming; but only kind of. I went in with high expectations and unfortunately they may have been too high. I think this book is overrated. I was really hoping for more detail and internal emotions about her rendezvous when she was 16 and 17, which is what the movie is about. There is only 1 chapter about this, and it is a brief one. I found myself losing interest many times. I feel like I needed to live in the UK to understand some of the wit in her narrative. It is an honest memoir of someone that I, frankly, do not care about—possibly because I’ve never heard of her.

Apr 17, 2011

First, I watched a movie titled "An Education" based on this book and I really didn't care for the movie. However, the fact that it was based on a memoir interested me. I have read the book and really, really liked it. The movie is based on only a small part of the memoir. I found the book well written and incredibly honest, sometimes even brutally honest. Highly recommended.

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Sep 10, 2011

vchuynh thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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