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  • Magnificent... This is a fine biography, and it is difficult to imagine its being surpassed for a very long time

    Alexander McCall Smith, Daily Telegraph
  • Crawford has delivered a living Burns: smart, arrogant, chivalrous, but also a strong poet to be confronted at every step of our written and sung culture. After this, we can't just take Burns down from the shelf this one night a year

    Brian Morton, Observer
  • Robert Crawford gives us a sympathetic portrait of a self-fashioning Burns who has to imagine himself as a bard - a poet not only in word but in act - in order to become one. Crawford's Burns, merrily mixing high and low culture, seems eerily contemporary

    New Yorker
  • Generous, highly intelligent and comprehensive biography...a portrait that comes nearer to the whole man than any other yet written...I can't imagine a better life of the Bard being written. It is likely to become the standard work: certainly it deserves to be greeted as that

    Literary Review
  • Crawford has produced an act of homage as well as a fine biogrpahy

    Sunday Times

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