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  • Heroically well-researched and hugely entertaining

    Gilbert Adair, The Spectator
  • Alert, riveting, [and] wonderfully fluent biography

    David Coward, Independent
  • This book's dash and drive match its subject in a captivating tour of a life - and an epoch.

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • David Bellos stylishly presents the scandal-strewn career of a rebel French writer. His dash and drive show that there need be nothing stuffy about formal biography.

  • Compelling...a masterpiece of detective investigation.

    Literary Review

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