Valerie Grove

Demon Barber of Fleet Street

An Education


Penguin Books 184pp £8.99 order from our bookshop

This is the most riveting memoir you will read this year. It is short, pithy, fast-paced, comic and tragic by turns. Lynn Barber, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who has terrorised celebrity interviewees and labelled them ‘mad’, ‘paranoid’, and ‘seriously screwed-up’, has looked into the mirror and dissected, unsparingly, her own peculiar life. It’s every bit as good as Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood, a comparable tale of a writer emerging from a potentially catastrophic episode in her teenage years. 

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