Outsider by Brian Sewell

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...Outsider II is also brilliantly written – entertaining in small doses despite its faults, and full of illuminating art-world insights. But do we really need to know that the unfortunate side effect of his belief that MI6 were on his tail was the cessation of "casual sodomy in the third-floor lavatories of Harrods"?
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The first volume of Brian Sewell's scandalous and haunting memoir was met by riotous applause in the press. 'Outsider is a delicious read ... I want more - much more,' wrote Rachel Cooke in the Guardian. 'This book records an extraordinary life and will, I hope, soon be continued,' added Lynn Barber in the Sunday Times. Outsider II will certainly not disappoint. With the first instalment ending tantalisingly in 1967 - after exploring Sewell's childhood, adolescence and early adulthood - this next chapter charts his path to becoming, as the Spectator noted, 'Surely the funniest art critic of our time.'
 

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Brian Sewell was born in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, England on July 15, 1931. He received a degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He worked at the auctioneers Christie's before becoming a freelance art adviser in 1966. He wrote columns for the Tatler then became the art critic for the Evening Standard. He also worked as a broadcaster for Any Questions and Question Time. He also appeared in the six-part series The Naked Pilgrim: The Road to Santiago, Brian Sewell's Grand Tour of Italy, and Dirty Dalí: A Private View. He wrote several books during his lifetime including The Reviews That Caused the Rumpus, Outsider, Outsider II, Sleeping with Dogs, and The White Umbrella. He died on September 19, 2015 at the age of 84.
 
Published December 3, 2012 by Quartet Books. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History.
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Reviewed by Ben East on Oct 26 2013

...Outsider II is also brilliantly written – entertaining in small doses despite its faults, and full of illuminating art-world insights. But do we really need to know that the unfortunate side effect of his belief that MI6 were on his tail was the cessation of "casual sodomy in the third-floor lavatories of Harrods"?

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