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Human Relations and Other Difficulties

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 256
Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Human Relations and Other Difficulties

Thoughts of the Mind Behind the LRB

Mary-Kay Wilmers

A selection of works by LRB editor and journalist Mary-Kay Wilmers.

Paperback(Preorder only)
9781788161800 (Published 19 Jul 2018)
£12.99

About the book

Mary-Kay Wilmers has been a giant of the English literary world for decades. She was integral in the founding of the LRB in 1979 during the year-long lock-out at the Times and has served as its editor-in-chief since 1992. Under her leadership the magazine, has pulled no punches and faced the inevitable controversies head on leading The Observer to wonder whether the LRB is 'the best magazine in the world.' Which may explain why, while most print media has been struggling, the circulation of the LRB has grown to become the most circulated magazine of its kind in Europe.

This collection of Mary-Kay Wilmers' essays, book reviews, short articles, and obituaries handles subjects from mistresses to marketing, and seduction to psychoanalysts, all with Wilmer's trademark insightful wit. Throughout she uses her deep and varied knowledge to provide both context and cutting criticism. This creates a portrait of a particular slice of English culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

About the author

A giant of English letters, Mary-Kay Wilmers was a founding contributor and editor of the LRB, and has served as the magazine's editor in chief since 1992. Under her leadership, the magazine has grown to be the largest of its kind in Europe with a circulation north of 70,000. After an itinerant youth spent between America, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium, Mary-Kay Wilmers moved to the UK to read French and Russian at Oxford. Initially planning on a career as a simultaneous translator, Mary Kay-Wilmers instead found work as a secretary at Faber & Faber and as a contributor to the Statesman. She went on to serve as deputy editor at Listener and later worked for a time at the Times Literary Supplement before founding the LRB. This book is being published to mark her 80th birthday.

Reviews

Praise for Mary-Kay Wilmer: 'She [has] done more for the British essay than anyone in the last 150 years ... if this were France they'd be posting the Legion D'Honneur through her door every morning.'

- Andrew O'Hagan

I had never come across anyone who behaved so confidently or in such a cosmopolitan fashion.

- Alan Bennett

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 256
Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Current Affairs, Politics & Economics