Hello Goodbye Hello

Hello Goodbye Hello

A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

Book - 2012
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From "one of the funniest writers in Britain--wise, clever, hilarious, and a national treasure" (Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary ) comes this delightful book of "101 ingeniously linked encounters between the famous and the infamous" [ The Observer (London) Best Books of the Year].

Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, a book that has been hailed by reviewers in London as "howlingly funny" ( The Spectator ), "original and a complete delight" ( The Sunday Times ), and "rich and hugely enjoyable" ( The Guardian ). Or, as the London Evening Standard put it, "the truth and nothing but the plain, bonkers, howling truth . . . It is partly a huge karmic parlour game, partly a dance to the music of chaos--and only the genius of Craig Brown could have produced it." Who could imagine such unlikely--but true-- encounters as these:

Martha Graham meets Madonna

Igor Stravinsky meets Walt Disney

Frank Lloyd Wright meets Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe meets Nikita Khrushchev

President Richard Nixon meets Elvis Presley

Harpo Marx meets George Bernard Shaw

Cecil Beaton meets Mick Jagger

Salvador Dali meets Sigmund Freud

Groucho Marx meets T.S. Eliot

Brilliant in conception, Hello Goodbye Hello shows how the celebrated and gifted--like the rest of us-- got along famously or disastrously or indifferently with one another, but, thanks to Craig Brown, always to our amusement and entertainment.

From an opening story in which Adolf Hitler survives being knocked down by a careless English driver in 1931 to the Duchess of Windsor's meeting with the Führer over tea, and 99 others in between, Hello Goodbye Hello is the perfect example that truth is stranger than fiction (and infinitely more enjoyable).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451683608
Characteristics: xxi, 356 p. ; 25 cm


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KCLSRecommends Apr 03, 2014

Imagine when Mark Twain met Helen Keller who met Martha Graham who met Madonna who met Michael Jackson who met Nancy Reagan who met Andy Warhol....(ETC!)
No, wait -- you don't have to imagine it: you can read all about these fascinating celebrity encounters and many more in this fascinating book which covers 101 such 'meet-ups' in a kind of round robin, as the last rendezvous joins up again with the first. And, as a neat little tricky bonus, each of these vignettes are written in exactly 101 words!!
It's simpler than joining the paparazzi! Read all about it!

bookfanatic1979 Jan 28, 2014

The best way to describe this book is to ask if you’ve ever played the “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” game. A series of wonderful historical snapshots, this book will appeal to history buffs and celeb watchers alike.


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