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In Two Minds

In Two Minds

A Biography of Jonathan Miller

Kate Bassett

Oberon Books

New in paperback, In Two Minds is the first comprehensive biography of Jonathan Miller—the story of one of post-war Britain’s most intriguing polymaths. Descended from immigrants who fled Tsarist anti-Semitism to become shopkeepers in Ireland and London’s East End, Miller was born into an intellectual milieu, between Bloomsbury and Harley Street—the son of a novelist and a leading child psychiatrist. Miller trained as a doctor but then forged a career as a stellar comedian and as a world-renowned theatre and opera director.

He is a controversial humourist, public intellectual and TV personality. As a star in the groundbreaking satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, he shot to fame alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. His expertise and interests encompass many areas, from medicine (he wrote and presented the hugely acclaimed BBC documentary series The Body in Question) to the history of art, Mozart, atheism and the nature of laughter.

Jonathan Miller is one of the most multi
-talented Britons of his generation, celebrated for his dazzling intelligence and anti-establishmentarian wit. Drawing on in-depth interviews, this is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a fascinatingly complex man.

Kate Bassett is an arts journalist and theatre critic for The Times and has previously worked in that capacity for the Independent on Sunday and Daily Telegraph as well as writing reviews and features on theatre, film, books, dance and comedy for Guardian, TLS and New Statesman. She has been a judge on many awards panels and chaired the Edinburgh Comedy Awards twice. She hosts platform talks for various institutions including the NT, Barbican and British Library. She is also an associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Reading and a freelance dramaturg and script consultant.

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