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|How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
- Toby Young champions failure
TOBY YOUNG is the latest journalist to find his work on stage. Tim Fountain, the director behind last year's hit Julie Burchill is Away brings Young's book to the Soho theatre from April 29. The play How To Lose Friends And Alienate People takes its name from the memoir it dramatises and stars Jack Davenport as the young Young.
Young's memoir charts the rise and fall of his journalistic career. Tensions arose in the running of his arty publication The Modern Review when co-founder Burchill started a lesbian affair with one of the magazine's contributors. While the women plotted to take over, Young folded the magazine and relaunched himself editing Vanity Fair in New York, only to find himself sacked two years later.
Young's book became a bestseller in 2002. Although the stage play promises a humorous look at the state of modern journalism, not everyone warmed to his account of five years slipping from magazine editor to general down and out. "I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book," said Burchill.