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Hello Goodbye Hello

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Hello Goodbye Hello

A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

By Craig Brown

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451684513, 356pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

From one of England's wittiest writers, a "captivating, glittering, engaging, entertaining confection" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) of 101 unlikely encounters between pairs of historical figures from Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud to Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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).

Praise For Hello Goodbye Hello

“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.”

—Stephen Fry

“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