"Be The Worst You Can Be" by Charles Saatchi-he is known for founding the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency and championing young British artists – but he's unofficially known for being secretive, opinionated and rather grumpy.
In Be the Worst You Can Be, Saatchi finally speaks. The book is beautifully produced, with thick pages and colour pictures, and consists of Saatchi's answers to almost 300 questions from journalists and members of the public. These range from the profound ("Are winners in life people who always put themselves first?") to the personal ("Did you ever run away from home as a child?") to the slightly silly ("Do you like girl groups or boy bands?").
Saatchi may not be a likeable man, but he is certainly an interesting one. Although some of his responses seem throwaway, many of them are fascinating and show a rare insight – in particular, his thoughts on negative reviews, being nice to people, and impatience.
There are few insights into the worlds of advertising or art dealing, although it does include the unexpected and delightful fact that the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows because it was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.
Grumpier than a self-help book and more beautifully presented than an interview, this book is perfect to flip through during idle moments.
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- December 7, 2015 - December 8, 2015
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