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SPEAKING FOR THE OLDIE
Naim Attallah
ISBN: 9 780704 370913
HB • 280pp
240 x 165mm • £15.00
Non-fiction

Attallah’s reputation as a master interviewer with a special gift for drawing out confidences is consolidated in this group of candidates who are as diverse as they are interesting. They include: Lord Healey, Quentin Crisp, Wilfred Thesinger, Sir Ernst Gombrich, Diana Athill ... Abridged versions of some previously appeared in The Oldie. The fifteen interviews are published here in full.

‘If you are watching a brilliant member of the Magic Circle doing a trick, it is the performance of the trick and not the personality of the man himself that holds you: only afterwards do you wonder how he has done it. So it is with Naim Attallah, a magician interview of the highest order...’ Robert Kee

‘It is aggravating to come across someone who excels at baring souls and is not properly a journaliost at all ... Naim Attallah is a dab hand with skeleton keys. He is the smartest burglar in the business’
W F Deedes