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Intimacy with Strangers offers a dazzlingly original, thought-provoking approach to celebrity interviewing. Ciaran Carty draws on his career of getting close and personal with many of the world's leading writers, artists and film-makers to explore intimate concerns, ranging from love and rejection to the smallest physical sensations of pleasure and pain, and to the great issues of politics and wars, God and atheism - the big and small of the human condition. Interweaving recent cultural and social history, Carty exposes unexpected affinities shared by his eclectic cast of subjects; these include among others Harold Pinter, Beyonce Knowles, Brian Friel, Pedro Almodovar, Doris Lessing, Hugh Leonard, Mia Farrow, John Updike, Woody Allen, Liam Neeson, Julie Christie, Werner Herzog, John McGahern, Chuck Berry, Hans Kung, Michael Caine, Angelina Jolie, Mickey Rourke, Leonardo Di Caprio, Ken Loach, Amos Oz, Julius Nyerere, Jack Nicolson, Chinua Achebe and Danny Boyle. Through a chain of happenstance and six-degrees- of-separation links, Intimacy with Strangers, mirroring the cinematic cuts, fades and dissolves of the author's sensibility as a film critic, becomes a magical memoir and an idiosyncratic portrait of a kaleidoscopic Ireland.