Anna: The Biography

S. & S. Audio. May 2022. 15:29 hrs. ISBN 9781797142111. $24.99. BIOG
Fashion icon Anna Wintour is famous, but beyond her role as editor in chief of Vogue and cochair of the annual Met Gala, her life story is unknown to most. Since Wintour reportedly dislikes talking and writing about herself, Odell’s meticulously researched biography, written without Wintour’s direct involvement, may be the closest readers will get to knowing what’s behind the precise bob and the dark sunglasses. Odell charts Wintour’s rise from fashion-mad teen growing up in the Swinging London of the late 1960s through her thirty-plus year tenure as Vogue’s editor in chief, where she has weathered massive changes in the magazine business. Listeners will be treated to details about the inner workings of her business, as well as overviews of the controversies she faced while at the magazine. Imogen Church, best known for her skilled narration of suspense fiction, uses her considerable talent to enhance Wintour’s story, highlighting the gossipy moments with breathless tension and voicing Wintour with a husky British accent that is remarkably similar to Wintour’s actual voice.
VERDICT This masterful audiobook, both dishy and elegant, will appeal to listeners interested in fashion, magazine journalism, and the lives and career paths of successful businesswomen. Highly recommended.
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