Hello Goodbye Hello
A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings
By Craig Brown
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451684513, 384pp.)
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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IMAGINE THESE UNLIKELY—BUT TRUE—ENCOUNTERS:
Martha Graham and Madonna
Igor Stravinsky and Walt Disney
Frank Lloyd Wright and Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe and Nikita Khrushchev
President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley
Harpo Marx and George Bernard Shaw
Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud
Groucho Marx and T. S. Eliot
BRILLIANT IN CONCEPTION AND DIZZYING IN EXECUTION, Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, chance meetings, and disastrous collisions between the celebrated and the gifted, the famous and the infamous. Witty and wicked, Hello Goodbye Hello is the perfect example that truth is stranger than fiction (and infinitely more enjoyable).
Craig Brown has been writing the Private Eye celebrity diary since 1989 and is a columnist for London’s Daily Mail. He has also written parodies for many publications, including the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, The Times, and The Guardian. The author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, he lives in London.
In his new book, Hello Goodbye Hello, Craig Brown details real-life stories of famous people crossing paths, including one uncomfortable encounter between The Beatles and the king of rock 'n' roll. More at NPR.org
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“Captivating…Glittering…Engaging…Entertaining…[Brown] has whipped up a gratifying summertime confection — funny, diverting, occasionally sad.”
--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“Deliciously clever and amusing…Hello Goodbye Hello is splendid company, not to mention perfect for the beach, the lake or the pool.”
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
“Hello Goodbye Hello is a hilarious book, clever and thoroughly researched…dip into this book anywhere and you will be rewarded with something delightful.”
--Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal
“Brown’s collection of odd encounters could be titled Famous People Behaving Badly. They’re irresistible.”
“Craig Brown is the wittiest writer in Britain today.”
“The book that made me laugh most was Craig Brown’s quirky game of biographical consequences.”
—Julian Barnes, Times Literary Supplement “Books of the Year”
"Craig Brown is something of a national treasure in Britain. . . . Hello Goodbye Hello is a bravura feat of narrative engineering. . . . A joyful, fun read espsecially for its widgety, ingenious construction."
—David Kamp, Vanity Fair