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  • Dr Piers Brendon is a courageous and independent man, and this book is notable not only for its own merits, which are considerable, but as a sign of liberation for future biographical writers. The message is this. Biographies have been getting longer, and can, without loss, with positive gain, become shorter- The book leaves one with two hopes. One, that Brendon will write more like it, two, that other biographers will start examining his model.'

    C. P. Snow
  • Supremely readable and entertaining.

    Robert Blake
  • Piers Brendon's brilliant pen portraits of four famous figures of the Edwardian age- Here in sharp focus is all you ever wanted to know about them. Hilarious and sometimes not a little alarming.'

    Robert Morley,, Evening News

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