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  • A brisk and well-researched biography... A splendidly colourful book

    Daily Telegraph
  • Gripping and sympathetic...monumental...Grant writes with the quiet authority of a historian who has done a colossal amount of research... and knows the smells and tastes of this period as if he had lived through it. He is slow to pass judgement, but when he does so, the verdict carries real weight... His history reads like a first-rate novel... Grant's book is a fine and valuable monument to [Garvey's] memory

    Kevin Jackson, New Statesman
  • Grant is an accomplished storyteller and writes with an elegance leavened by wit and cynicism that makes this book eminently readable

    Margaret Busby, Guardian
  • In this superb new biography, Colin Grant portrays Garvey as a showman-ideologue [and] is to be congratulated on this scholarly, well-written account

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Engrossing...Writing in a concise, expressive style...drawing on gargantuan research...Grant meticulously chronicles Garvey's eventful odyssey and sheds light on his revolutionary thinking and formidable public speaking...he shows Garvey's heady triumphs and crushing disappointments, his complexity, his paradoxes

    Independent on Sunday

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