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  • Accomplishes what only the best biographies can

    The Times
  • Beautiful...written with unfailing eloquence and grace, and great admiration for its subject

  • Brilliantly succeeds not only in bringing this modest man disarmingly to life but also in recreating the England of his time and social setting...a formidable accomplishment

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Beautifully written... Wheeler's vocabulary to evoke this luminous and cruel continent appears limitless

    New York Times
  • With this wonderful biography Sara Wheeler has now vaulted into the front rank of modern British writers...this volume is so much more than a story of one remarkable man. It is among other things an exploration of the mind, a tour through the notions of national identity and pride, and a celebration of the tensile strength of the human spirit

    Simon Winchester

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