• An enthralling biography of a mind ... essential reading for anyone who cares about how a writer finds, and passionately lives, his subject

    Ruth Padel, Daily Telegraph
  • The best Kipling biogaphy yet written ... Gilmour's account of this driven man shines with intelligence

    J. B. Pick, Scotsman
  • A fine, fair and generous work ... Gilmour's celebrated life of Curzon demonstrated his mastery of imperial nuance and esoteric character, and he brings to this book just the right combination of empathy, distaste and fastidious detachment

    Jan Morris, New Statesman