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  • Excellent... Full of voices, friendships and conflicts, Crawford's book is rich and dense as Christmas cake... [An] outstanding biography.

    Sean O'Brien, The Telegraph
  • Young Eliot marks both a milestone and a turning point... [It] is judicious, sympathetic, meticulous.... The story it tells of a great poet's early life is enthralling.

    Robert McCrum, Observer - praise for Young Eliot
  • [An] excellent account of the poet as a young man.

    Philip Collins, The Times - praise for Young Eliot
  • Crawford's case is sensitive and compelling, and his account - especially of Eliot's childhood and student years - is more richly detailed than any previous biographer's.... A powerful and enlightening book.

    John Carey, Sunday Times - praise for Young Eliot
  • This is very much what a literary biography should be. It is likely to be a while before the next volume...but it will be worth the wait if it does what this first book does: to offer a credible and three-dimensional portrait of this most elusive figure.

    Rowan Williams, New Statesman - praise for Young Eliot

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