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.
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.
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