ISBN 9780007360642,One On One

One On One


Craig Brown


Fourth Estate



Fourth Estate

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9780007360642

ISBN-10 0007360649


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)

Biography: general

Life is made up of individuals meeting one another. They speak, or don't speak. They get on, or don't get on. They make agreements, which they either hold to or ignore. They laugh, they cry, they are excited, they are indifferent, they share secrets, they say how do you do?" Often it is the most fleeting of meetings that, in the fullness of time, turn out to be the most noteworthy. One on One' examines the curious nature of different types of meeting, from the oddity of meetings with the Royal Family (who start giggling during a recital by TS Eliot) to those often perilous meetings between old and young (Gladstone terrifies the teenage Bertrand Russell) and between young and old (the 23 year old Sarah Miles has her leg squeezed by the nonagenarian Bertrand Russell), and our contemporary random encounters on television (George Galloway meets Michael Barrymore on Celebrity Big Brother). All human life is here, dancing in a circle. Ingenious in its construction, witty in its narration, panoramic in its breadth, One on One' is a wholly original book.