Monday, June 11, 2007

The greatest love story of the age? I doubt it

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Min Hogg : founding editor of The World of Interiors


The front and inside front cover of this week's issue of The Bookseller advertise a book described as "the greatest love story of the age."

"Living at the heart of the Sixties revolution of sex, drugs and rock and roll, Pattie's story is electric."

The Sixties were my thirties and, while I may have heard the name Pattie Boyd at the time, she didn't make a strong impression and I shall not be reading Wonderful Today, an autobiography written "with Penny Junor" [see photo] in which, so the ad tells us, Ms Boyd "finally breaks her 40-year self-imposed silence".


"What was the truth about the bizarre love triangle with George and Eric? And why did the greatest love story of the age end in tears?" The Bookseller advertisement asks.

No doubt Wonderful Today will climb high on the bestseller lists. If you're interested, last year the Daily Mail ran a story about Ms Boyd, Eric Clapton and George Harrison.

I agree with one of the comments on this story. "The majority of these celebrities are very messed up people. They sell their soul for fame. There are far better people to admire. Whatever happened to integrity?"

Min Hogg : founding editor of The World of Interiors


On the bottom shelf of the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in our sitting room are 16 open-backed cardboard magazine files containing magazines to which, back in the Nineties, I used to subscribe – Gardens Illustrated, House & Garden, Vogue, Harpers and The World of Interiors.

Yesterday afternoon I spent half an hour in the garden with the January 1994 issue of The World of Interiors in which there is a marvellous story about Rome which I'll tell you about tomorrow.

Meanwhile you might like to read an interview with Min Hogg, the founding editor of TWofI and, by the sound of her, a fascinating character.


Extract : "Given her reputation and noted expertise, it came as a shock to the interior design world when Hogg announced last November that she was resigning as editor of the magazine that she launched from these very rooms in 1981. Although the upmarket publication sells a modest 65,000 each month, its influence is enormous and its ideas and concepts are much copied."

"A visionary editor of the old school, Hogg always refused to have anything to do with focus groups or marketing ideas and her abrupt voluntary departure seemed as unlikely as the Queen Mother suddenly announcing she didn't want to be royal any more. Despite protestations from her Conde Nast bosses Si Newhouse and Nicholas Coleridge, Hogg - who says that she is in excellent health - was still determined to leave."

8 Comments:

At 01 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with you about Pattie Boyd. It IS the greatest love story of the age. Can you think of anyone else who could claim that title? HUH? COULD YA?

 
At 24 September, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Readers of this blog may be interested to know that Min Hogg has designed her own range of wallpapers and fabrics. I came across her website.They are all based on Seaweed. Fascinating and beautiful. www.minhoggdesign.com

 
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