Beautiful People

Beautiful People

Simon Doonan / Jun 27, 2019

Beautiful People A charming and funny memoir of escaping a bonkers family and following your dreams Growing up in a working class area of Reading with the mad cap Doonan clan Simon yearned to get out and find the Bea

  • Title: Beautiful People
  • Author: Simon Doonan
  • ISBN: 9780007237135
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • A charming and funny memoir of escaping a bonkers family and following your dreams Growing up in a working class area of Reading with the mad cap Doonan clan, Simon yearned to get out and find the Beautiful People who he imagined lived fabulous lives of glitz and glamour This is the story of his attempt to do just that.

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        Simon Doonan born 1952 is the Creative Ambassador at Large of the New York City based clothing store Barneys.Source.


    373 Comments

    1. Oh myI spent this afternoon laughing and laughing until I started to cough up a lung, thanks to Mr. Doonan's book Nasty. I caught an episode of the tv show "Beautiful People" on the logo channel; this show is based on this book, "Nasty - My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints". Highly recommend both the show and, especially, this book. Here is a tidbit from page 221: (he has been describing his fear of death and catching a deadly disease)"Somehow, I managed to elude Death for another year or so. [...]


    2. I picked this one up because I have been watching the tv show "Beautiful People" on logo. Boy, the TV show takes some liberties with the book, it has a few basic plot points but that is about it! But the book was a light and funny read, and has some vignettes about Doonan's life. It is not concentrated on his childhood like the TV show, but instead offers some tales from his childhood, his mother Betty and her large hairdo, his Father Terry and the homemade wine, his grandmother Narg, his schizo [...]


    3. I so want Simon Doonan to be my personal BFF, decorator, shrink and partner in crime. What a delightful read- he's a kindred spirit fo' sho'.


    4. Amusing light . Maybe I was expecting a bit more detail about his life and how he got to where he is . Its ok but seems to go round in circles a bit rather than starting at the start of his life moving on. Which it does but it just felt like your going back , read it and you'll see what I mean. I'm not saying its bad its not , but I was just expecting a little more. And no it is nothing like the tv program .


    5. Funny, charming, thoroughly enjoyable, and recommended. Why only three stars? A bit episodic - would have preferred more of a narrative. I also thought the chapters were a bit uneven - some uproariously funny but others significantly less so.


    6. I love him even more after reading this book! I read Eccentric Glamour first and happily drowned in a sea of British humor, biting sarcasm and gay wit.British humor, biting sarcasm and gay wit. I became aware of Doonan as a writer when I fell in love with the BBC2 series The Beautiful People based on this book. This show makes me laugh so hard that I don’t even watch it while the kids are awake. I want everyone I know to watch this show so that we can use Kylie’s mashed up slang.What I didn [...]


    7. Completely by accident I came across the TV series called "The Beautiful People". After initial consternation, I quickly got engrossed into the story of a little aesthete from Reading who is dreaming of moving to London and meeting the beautiful people. I didn't know who Simon Doonan was but I decided to buy the book which was adapted into that series. The first thing we learn is that Simon Doonan is much older than the characters from the BBC production and that there is a distinct story from w [...]


    8. This may be the best memoir I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Set in post-WWII Britain, Simon is a poor kid growing up gay in England. The entire book is about the challenges he faced, from the threat of schizophrenia running in the family to how to navigate the world when almost completely broke, to alcoholism in various forms.What makes this book so remarkable though is that Doonan doesn’t shy away from any of the “nastier” aspects of his life. Every gross detail is there, in ways [...]


    9. Its so weird--I've seen Simon Doonan on TV and thought he was a bit--well, kind of smug and kinda snobby--maybe its just the way the Brits arebut since I'm obsessed with fashion and the fact he has the best job in the world--i.e. the Barney's gig, I pre-ordered "The Asylum" and decided to to some reading of his other books.I am soooooooooo happy I read "The Beautiful People"!!!If you have any sort of familial dysfunction this is definitely the book to read! Wow! Mr. Doonan is just so wickedly fu [...]


    10. I enjoyed reading this. "Nasty" isn't continuous, but rather a lot of unrelated tales. Some are extremely funny, witty and forgettable, were as others the reader skims over.Do I recommend this book? I'm not sure, I don't think I'd reread it, but it didn't have "nasty" taste. Were as not exactly devoid of content, "Nasty" is not what anyone would call overly profound. Touching at times but not all that deep.I think that if you enjoyed the TV series like me, and are undecided between getting it or [...]


    11. This book has all the elements that a drag-hag like me craves, and the writing is pleasantly passable to my classically-trained eye. In fact, you have to read it with a British accent. Doonan is a surprisingly excellent writer when you consider that he spent his life actually living, and not just cavorting in his avant-garde imagination. Being a member of a similar class of the fabulous poor and working-class club kids, I appreciated the esprit de corps inspired by tales of his childhood surroun [...]


    12. If I could give it 4.5, I would.Made me laugh out loud often. Often crazy situations viewed with humor and a light touch. Stories from throughout the author's life, happily skipping from one age to another and back (the author does like to skip after all).Floor pillows, mentally ill relatives, "plaid bondage trousers," window dressing, and cool parents to a gay kid born in 1952: what more could you want?If you liked "Running With Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs, I bet you'll really enjoy this. I [...]


    13. Simon Doonan, Barneys Window Display Designer, blogger of the Barneys babble and fashion extraordinaire, narrates his own memoir, in a very entertaining manner. Its personal, yet so relateable. It truly captured what I feel whenver I am in any of my cumbia-filled family reuninons in Guadalajara, where my mom is dancing around with the kids, my aunt cracking up about anything and every idiosyncratic trait that families have. Doonan is honestly an inspiration to anyone who aims for better, and its [...]


    14. A delightfully nasty memoir from one of fashion's top creatives. Not nasty in a catty way, but nasty in a humourous "Hey, look at this funny thing that happened to me today!" type of way. I didn't want the book to end, but now it gives me an incentive to read Mr. Doonan's other books.Mr. Doonan's imagery and use of words is wonderfully descriptive and campy. I think it's a good reflection of his personality and his interests (camp, exotica - self described). Sometimes though, his use of flowery [...]


    15. Absolutley loved this memoir. The author is the inspiration for the BBC comedy "Beautiful People". There were only 2 short seasons of the show, but it chronicles his early teen years in Reading, England and I laugh my head off every time I see it. This guy has led such an interesting and quirky life, surrounded by odd ball family, friends, and experiences. Lots of references to gay culture that people may not understand.


    16. Much of this book is either funny or amusing and I can see why they did a television show loosely based upon it. I never really cared too much for Simon Doonan when seeing him on televison and toward the end of this "memoir" I had filled up enough on his authorial voice to last two "memoirs" full. I am glad that my friend, who sent me the book to read, liked it enough to suggest it to me. Add a star to my review if you are a Simon Doonan fan or if your home is decorated by Jonathan Adler.


    17. Having always considered Doonan a kindred spirit, I had high expectations for this -- and I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. A few truly funny bits, and a few dear and moving love letters to his friends -- but there was something off in the writing/presentation of this. I'm impressed that he has other books -- and I would say that reading those others, like these, on a plane might be perfection.


    18. A fun book of essays about his eccentric family and friends. I spent much time chuckling. Became interested after seeing the UK TV show based on this book. However, the show is updated to the 1990's where as the book is set firmly in the 1960's and 1970's. Also, the UK of Doonan's youth and his friends and family are all obviously white vs the multi-cultural, multi-racial update afforded by the series. Still both are fun.


    19. As a huge fan of the television series I was excited to read this and I was not disappointed. I would give it 5 stars if not for the chapter about Mundo. I love that they were able to distill the essence of Simons life and give it a modern twist to create a show that would resonate with younger viewers. Even though Many of the historical references are before my time, Simons ability to paint a hilarious scene is wonderful. Will recommend this to a few friends.


    20. Uneven, but occasionally hilarious. I want to have a steady lunch date with Simon Doonan, and once in a while tag along to some ridiculously swanky event that he, too, thinks it's a little silly to attend. I learned what a Teddy-boy is/was, and that on AbFab they abbreviate "champagne" to "champers," which is no shorter, but very cute.On the serious side, he painted the AIDS crisis of the 80's very well and humanly, I thought, and included the word "persnickety," earning bonus points.


    21. My Doonan rampage continues. Oh this book was wonderful. Possibly better than Gay Men Don't Get Fat? Yes, I think so. Very funny and heartwarming and sad and smart. So happy that I have a few more Doonan books to go.




    22. LOVED this book!! I actually cried with laughter reading parts of it. Just a beautifully written, heartfelt autobiographical book.



    23. I had a grand time reading this book. Parts of it were outrageously funny and some parts a bit uneven, but it was a fun read and a nice way to pass an otherwise gray afternoon.


    24. Hilarious! If you've been able to somehow catch the show "Beautiful People" from LOGO/BBC you fall in love with Simon Doonan and the rest of his insane family.


    25. I couldn't finish this book it was so boring. I got 175 pages into it thinking it would get better. But I think I will have to retire this bio back to the library.




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