• A wonderful biography... Hastings... is an accomplished stylist and her prose suits her subject: elegant, deft and restrained

    Sara Wheeler, Spectator
  • An extraordinary story

    Laura Freeman, The Times
  • A fantastic read... I can't express how wonderful her novels are, or this biography, which brings a fundamentally shy and private woman out into the light and is populated by the sorts of people who don't seem to exist any more - madly clever, slightly louche, culturally omnivorous, sexually fluid, crisscrossing Europe and each other in search of fun and new ideas.

    India Knight, Sunday Times
  • [A] richly entertaining biography

    Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Daily Mail, *Book of the Year*
  • I found myself gripped from the first page to the last, astonished by the pace of revelation

    Barnaby Rogerson, Oldie
  • Perhaps this scrupulous biography's greatest achievement is to remind us that Bedford had a second string to her writerly bow

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
  • Comprehensive

    Cressida Connolly, Literary Review
  • Beautifully written

  • Rivetingly entertaining... Selina Hastings' biography is a wonderful chronicle of one life amid a myriad of other, fascinating, now ghostly, interlocking lives. And it's a depiction of a small, vivid, condensed world gone forever

    Lucy Lethbridge, Tablet

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