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Two Hitlers and a Marilyn

An autograph hunter's escape from suburbia

Adam Andrusier

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Hodder & Stoughton
13 July 2021
'I love this book. It is wise, funny, surprising, touching, and wonderful company.' Jonathan Safran Foer 'A comic and poignant memoir about growing up in the suburbs, fandom, stalking Ronnie Barker, and much more. A funny, moving read.' Zadie Smith 'At times hilarious, at others heartbreaking, Andrusier's memoir provides a fascinating insight into obsession.' John Boyne 'Hilarious.' David Baddiel I'd managed to puncture a hole between our universe and the parallel one where all the celebrities lived.

Adam Andrusier spent his childhood in pursuit of autographs. After writing to every famous person he could think of, from Frank Sinatra to Colonel Gaddafi, he soon jostled with the paparazzi at stage doors and came face-to-face with the most famous people on the planet.

For young Adam, autographs were a backstage pass to a world beyond his chaotic family home in Pinner, and his Holocaust-obsessed father. They provided a special connection to a world of glamour and significance lying just beyond his reach.

But as Adam turned from collector to dealer, learning how to spot a fake from the real deal, he discovered that in life, as in autographs, not everything is as it first appears. When your obsession is a search for the authentic, what happens when you discover fraudulence in your own family?

Two Hitlers and a Marilyn is both a hilarious and moving account of discovering that idols are mortals. It's a story of growing up, forgiveness and discovering a place in the world.

'Madcap and thoroughly engaging, Adam Andrusier's vivid memoir brings to mind the early Philip Roth. This is a book of antic comedy that resonates and intrigues.' Lisa Appignanesi 'A fabulously interesting book and incredibly pleasurable to read. Very funny and strangely entrancing. It is about so much, but effortlessly.' Adam Phillips 'Adam Andrusier has created that rare thing: a memoir which delivers the coming-of-age but also reaches far beyond. The writing here about family is excellent, the characters and scenes memorable, but from the first they're engaged also in a history. Two Hitlers and a Marilyn takes in the world as widely as possible, always searching for significance and connection.' David Vann 'Beautifully written.' Maureen Lipman
By:   Adam Andrusier
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781472277046
ISBN 10:   147227704X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   13 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Adam Andrusier is a writer living in North West London. He studied music at Cambridge and completed the creative writing MA at UEA. He is a professional dealer of rare and valuable autographs and his work provided the inspiration for Zadie Smith's second novel, The Autograph Man. His debut, Two Hitlers and a Marilyn is drawn on his childhood as an obsessive autograph collector and will be published in 2021.

Reviews for Two Hitlers and a Marilyn: An autograph hunter's escape from suburbia

I love this book. It is wise, funny, surprising, touching, and wonderful company * Jonathan Safran Foer * Adam Andrusier has created that rare thing: a memoir which delivers the coming-of-age but also reaches far beyond. The writing here about family is excellent, the characters and scenes memorable, but from the first they're engaged also in a history. Two Hitlers and a Marilyn takes in the world as widely as possible, always searching for significance and connection * David Vann * A comic and poignant memoir about growing up in the suburbs, fandom, stalking Ronnie Barker, and much more. A funny, moving read * Zadie Smith * At times hilarious, at others heartbreaking, Andrusier's memoir provides a fascinating insight into obsession * John Boyne * Madcap and thoroughly engaging, Adam Andrusier's vivid memoir brings to mind the early Philip Roth. This is a book of antic comedy that resonates and intrigues * Lisa Appignanesi * A fabulously interesting book and incredibly pleasurable to read. Very funny and strangely entrancing. It is about so much, but effortlessly * Adam Phillips * Hilarious and moving. * David Baddiel * Beautifully written * Maureen Lipman * Andrusier has a genuine comic gift and he's remarkably technically adept. You could easily assume he had been writing this sort of stuff for years. * Daily Mail * Offering a warm, witty and poignant glimpse into the past, Two Hitlers and a Marilyn is a memoir of fandoms, forgiveness, growing up and letting go. * Culturefly *


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