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The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs

Nicholas Coleridge



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Fig Tree
26 September 2019
History of fashion; Biography; Autobiography: business & industry; Autobiography: arts & entertainment; Fashion & society
Over his thirty-year career at Conde Nast, Nicholas Coleridge has witnessed it all. From the anxieties of the Princess of Wales to the blazing fury of Mohamed Al-Fayed, his story is also the story of the people who populate the glamorous world of glossy magazines. With relish and astonishing candour, he offers the inside scoop on Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, David Bowie and Philip Green, Kate Moss and Beyonce and a surreal weekend away with Bob Geldof and William Hague. The Glossy Years also provides perceptive insight into the changing and treacherous worlds of fashion, journalism, museums and a whole sweep of British society. This is a rich, honest, witty and very personal memoir of a life splendidly lived.
By:   Nicholas Coleridge
Imprint:   Fig Tree
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9780241342879
ISBN 10:   0241342872
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   26 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicholas Coleridge has been Managing Director of British Conde Nast and President of Conde Nast International, publisher of 130 magazines around the world, including Vogue and Vanity Fair. Journalist, editor, magazine executive, author, environmental campaigner, and Chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Fashion Council, he has for three decades been a prevalent figure in the publishing and fashion industries. Nicholas Coleridge and his wife live in London and Worcestershire. They have four children.

Reviews for The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs

Coleridge fixes the world with a glittering eye * Financial Times * Coleridge dissects the social mores with the precision of Tom Wolfe * The New Yorker * An entertaining whirlwind * Evening Standard * Coleridge writes like a dream * Observer * The most entertaining book of the year * Sunday Times * A brilliant book. His economy and precision of style mean that he often tells you much more in a few words than you quite realise at the time . . . I laughed almost continuously * Charles Moore, The Spectator * Forthright, witty and gossipy . . . a passion for glossy magazines shines through this effervescent memoir * Sunday Express * Worth every penny for names dropped, inside stories, expertise in how that world worked and, endearingly, how his happy marriage and family have too * Susan Hill, Spectator * Beady and slyly funny, my favourite bit concerns punctuation in the late Betty Kenward's society column. It's that kind of book * India Knight, Sunday Times * Gentle, jolly . . . Blissfully funny . . . One might wish to make people as happy, personally and professionally, as Coleridge has done - and will continue to do with this amusing book * The Sunday Telegraph * I adored it. Coleridge has a Waugh-like eye for hilarious social nuance and a Henry Jamesian ear for precision. He is both self-deprecating and shrewd as he regales us with his rollicking ride as editor and tastemaker in the world of British glossy magazines: an irresistible read * Tina Brown * In these dark days of everlasting Brexit, Nicholas Coleridge's sparkling memoir is a welcome reminder that all is not gloom and doom. Witty, nimble and engaging, it is wonderfully entertaining and a marvellous slice of social history * Jane Ridley, Spectator * Has bounding vitality, glorious zest and and an uplifting generosity of spirit. It is always playful, sometimes hilarious - but above all it is wise * Richard Davenport-Hines, Literary Review * Coleridge is a witty writer . . . reading this book is like sitting next to a sharp but generous-hearted raconteur at dinner * Mail on Sunday *

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