Press : The Sunday Times – Nicky Haslam: My years of living shamelessly

25 October 2009

He’s known everyone from the Queen Mother to Paris Hilton, been everything from a cowboy to a cabaret singer. And he’s still showing up at five parties a night. Lynn Barber pins down the brazen social butterfly.

Nicky Haslam has been writing his autobiography for as long as I’ve known him, which is nine years, but I never thought I’d live to see it finished. But lo! here it is, Redeeming Features by Nicky Haslam, not ghosted, 324 pages written by his own fair hand, and with a quote from AN Wilson on the cover proclaiming, “This Proustian evocation is indeed a masterpiece.” Fancy. According to Nicky, “It’s a memoir rather than an autobiography — there’s a huge difference.” The difference seems to be that he has felt free to leave stuff out: there’s a lot about his childhood and youth, but very little about the present day. He says he was afraid that if he wrote about the present it would “sound like name-dropping”, which is not a fear I ever knew he suffered from, but he swears he did. Did some of his friends ask him not to mention them?

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