- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (October 9, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297645560
- ISBN-13: 978-0297645566
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,320,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beaton in the Sixties: More Unexpurgated Diaries Hardcover – October 9, 2003
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'Hugo Vickers has already rehabilitated the diaries that cover the last decade of Beaton's life; now he moves back to the five previous years, 1965-69. He has done an excellent job. His linking passages are informative and often enjoyably gossipy; his footnotes identifying the dramatis personae are admirably thorough...Beaton...gave much pleasure to others and, through these diaries, will give still more.' -- Philip Ziegler THE SPECTATOR (25.10.03) 'the account of Rip Van with It - the nickname coined for him by Cyril Connolly - exploring Morocco with the Rolling Stones is alone worth the price of the book. Beaton's identification of the young Mick Jagger as a 'Tarzan Piero di Cosimo' was inspired and revealing. This was, in its way, a kind of love affair, and Beaton's ability to see his new hero both as a Renaissance jungle boy and as a shy young lady up from the suburbs is well matched by Vickers sensitive choice of photographs.' -- Miranda Seymour THE SUNDAY TIMES (12.10.03) 'Beaton's diaries are perhaps unique in offering such a double vision of the 1960s - of the rich and famous, young and old, viewed through a technician's lens.' -- Patrick O'Connor LITERARY REVIEW (November) 'Hugo Vickers has edited the diaries quite brilliantly, alloting most space to those characters - Chanel, Garbo, Picasso, Streisand, Jagger - who still ring a bell, and providing absorbing and often very comical footnotes for those who do not.' **** -- Craig Brown MAIL ON SUNDAY (30.11.03) 'The original diaries...are dynamite. The snobbishness is salted with disgust and peppered with discontent...Hugo Vixckers as editor has done the gossipy old poseur a genuine literary service, rubbing away the blue pencil and giving us the uncensored, wincing reality of Beaton's sharp observation, cutting contempt and the personal insecurity behind his driving personal and professional ambition. Like all wonderful diarists, Beaton is a good hater who spares himself least of all.' -- Iain Finlayson SAGA magazine (December 2003) 'MUST READ...More writings from that silken social pen.' -- Camilla Long TATLER (November '03) 'More sharp and savage snippets from the diaries of gay photographer, Cecil Beaton.' GAY TIMES (November '03) 'this delightful volume, anticipating the centenary of Cecil Beaton's birth in January 2004, fizzes with gossip and a hilarious commentary on the boredom of celebrity.' FINANCIAL TIMES (Net News - 19.12.03) 'The frantic energy Beaton invests in his photo shoots makes for compulsive reading.' -- Scott Anthony INK (1.1.04) 'The editing of the entries is excellent...Contributing his own often witty word-portraits of the dramatis personae, Vickers allows Beaton to come alive in his own era.' -- Philip Hoare TLS (6.2.04)
About the Author
As well as writing books, Hugo Vickers is a lecturer on all things royal. He is vice-chairman of the Jubilee Walkway Trust. He is married, lives in Hampshire and has three children.
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