Biography

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The Unexpected Professor

John Carey

An absolutely fascinating record of a literary life - half an insider's view of the growth of Oxford English over the past half century, half a meditation on the by-ways of modern Grub Street by one of its most distinguished ornaments, and at all times a penetrating account of how a superlatively combative critic found and developed the most vital weapon in his armoury - a sensibility.

D J Taylor

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Other People's Countries: A Journey Into Memory

Patrick McGuinness

McGuinness is a marvellous writer - literally, his book is filled with marvels...

John Banville
OBSERVER

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Wilfred Owen

Guy Cuthbertson

Cuthbertson's biography is admirably thorough in its unpacking of Owens's poetic imagery. There is no reference that is unexplored.

Daisy Goodwin
SUNDAY TIMES

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Rasputin: A Short Life

Frances Welch

In this elegant and insightful short biography, Welch has enormous fun...she has done an excellent job of digging out the kind of telling detail that often gets swamped by the grand political narrative.

Kathryn Hughes
MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Bertolt Brecht, A Literary Life

Stephen Parker

Nobody perhaps has gone further than Stephen Parker in trusting the conviction that biographical detail - including somatic detail -- can open up new dimensions of insight into historical moments and the lives through which they exist.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Stanford University

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Mozart: A Life

Paul Johnson

'A rich succinct portrait of the man and his music, which uncovers his wondrous output and gift and skill with instruments.'

THE BOOKSELLER

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Roth Unbound

Claudia Roth Pierpoint

"Roth Unbound has two particularly strong selling points. It is the first full-length study to be published since Roth's announcement that Nemesis would be his final novel... Secondly, Roth has made himself available as a commentator on - if not wholly a collaborator with - Pierpont's project, with the result that her account of his life and works is supplemented with marginal illuminations from her subject himself."

Bharat Tandon LITERARY REVIEW

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Johnny Cash: The Life

Robert Hilburn

"A great story requires great storytelling, and that's exactly what it receives here. Ultimately, Robert Hilburn's biography uncannily resembles its subject: massive and stolid, but with a dangerous glint in its eye."

Charles Shaar Murray LITERARY REVIEW

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