Kate’s biography making the most of the Miller’s extraordinary tale

by Jeremy Miles

I am pleased to hear that Kate Bassett and Oberon Books  are holding a party later this week to celebrate her excellent new biography of Jonathan Miller In Two Minds.

Jonathan Miller: Photograph by Hattie Miles

Jonathan Miller: Photo Hattie Miles

Its publication in late November followed by the festive rush left little time to raise a glass but now, following a raft of favourable reviews, there’s an opportunity to hold a little literary soiree.  Where better to stage it than at the Grant Museum of Zoology? An institution devoted to the study of strange and exotic creatures located just a few yards from University College London.

The extraordinary Dr Miller  is of course one of the a great cultural beasts of the mid twentieth century,  a polymath who bestrode the world of arts and science and indeed continues to do so. The fact that he’s still making not inconsiderable contributions half-a-century later makes him particularly worthy of this relatively late study.Miller In Two Minds

I say “late” but In Two Minds is actually the first comprehensive biography of Miller, who is undoubtably one of one of Britain’s most extraordinary minds (or perhaps two of them). A dazzling conversationalist and an intellectual authority in an astonishing range of fields, Jonathan Miller is a satirist, broadcaster, and a world-class director of theatre, opera and screen dramas. He is also a neuropsychologist, medical historian, popular scientist, Shakespearean scholar and connoisseur of classical music.Drawing on in-depth interviews, In Two Minds is an illuminating portrait of a pioneering spirit and brilliant thinker.

Jonathan Miller appears regularly for the excellent Clive Conway Productions for whom I do press and publicity work. He will be appearing in an eight date tour of An Audience With Jonathan Miller throughout February, March and April. Full details at http://www.cliveconwayproductions.com