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By Lynn Barber

ISBN-10: 0141039558

ISBN-13: 9780141039558

Whilst the journalist Lynn Barber used to be sixteen, she was once picked up at a bus-stop through an enticing older guy who drew up in his activities motor vehicle - and her existence was once nearly wrecked. A vibrant convinced lady, on track to visit Oxford, she all started a courting which, quite, was once inspired by way of her traditional, suburban mom and dad and which took her into the louche, semi-criminal global of west London simply because the Sixties started. damage beckoned, till in the future she made a massive discovery. "An Education", the outlet piece of this interesting memoir, used to be hugely praised while first released in "Granta" journal, and is at present being filmed by means of the BBC with a Nick Hornby script.

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He walked out of school before he could take any exams and got a job on a circus mucking out horses. Unlike me he didn’t fall in love with the circus itself, for him it just offered an escape from home. But the way of life suited him. Brian discovered an unparalleled talent for the mechanics of circus. Even today there are few people who can get close to Brian’s expertise and talent for moving a circus. More galling for me, the man who had little interest in what went on inside the Big Top effortlessly turned his hand to animal training, tightrope walking, knife throwing, whatever.

They still bring the Moscow State Circus and Chinese State Circus to Britain every year. bu Giffords Circus was set up 5 years ago by Nell Gifford. She has no circus background but has created a magical small circus which travels to Cotswold villages too small for most circuses. Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:38 am Page 27 Chapter Two How to Marry into the Circus 1966–70 I first spied my wife Betty when I was seventeen. The problem was she was only twelve. Gandey’s circus had joined up with a small family circus called James Brothers to play a rather curious regular gig for the Birmingham city transport authority.

One night I had an uninvited initiation into Soho life. An infamous old transvestite known to all as Mrs Shufflewick squeezed next to me: ‘What is your name, young man? I don’t believe I have seen your face around here before. ’ I started to feel very nervous. ‘Do you know London? Perhaps I could show you the sights? ’ Everybody started to listen and enjoy the show. Joe looked at me and said with a completely straight face: ‘Come on, Gerry. Mrs Shufflewick’s a nice lady. Let her take you around, show you London.

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