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Antonella Gambotto

AN INSTINCT FOR THE KILL

AN INSTINCT FOR THE KILL
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Published by HarperCollins Australia
1997
ISBN: 073225891X
In this lethal and often hilarious collection of interviews, Antonella Gambotto has used her wit, skill and absolute mastery of her favourite medium to elicit astounding information from some of the world's most intriguing personalities. Interviewees are Tori Amos, Jeffrey Archer, The Benetton Formula One Team, Warwick and Joanne Capper, Deepak Chopra, Iva Davies, Jerry Hall, Rose Hancock-Porteous, Charlton Heston, Derryn Hinch, HRH Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein, Linda Jaivin, Erica Jong, Mark Matousek, Colleen McCullough, Trent Nathan, Gene Simmons and Austen Tayshus.

The accompanying essays and reviews - 'Numb and Number', 'Releasing the Inner Moron', 'Big Swinging Dictums', 'Taking it Like a Man', 'Partner of my Dreams', 'The Kitchen's of Madison County', 'Pink Triangle and Circular Argument' and 'In Remembering Fire' - deal with everything from alcoholism to pornography and suicide, and reflect the wisdom of R. H. Tawney's caution: 'Onions can be eaten leaf by leaf, but you cannot skin a tiger paw by paw, vivisection is its trade and it does the skinning first.'

"Gambotto's skill lies in listening to and then - in most cases - summarily dismissing the personal mythology of her interviewee. she asks questions that challenge and disturb them and invites us to consider the implications of their not always straightforward answers ...the Capper interview is possibly the best piece in this quite brilliant book ... Gambotto is the MENSA mannequin, a shit-stirrer, a show-off, a fearless, funny, beautiful woman who never sticks to the rules."

Tegan Bennett, The Weekend Australian

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