Robert Byron, who tragically died young in the Second World War, was the foremost travel writer of his age, acclaimed especially for 'The Road to Oxiana'. He was also a pioneer of Byzantine history, fought to save Georgian London, and was one of the first voices raised against fascism. Patrick Leigh Fermor readily admitted to being under his spell, and to Nancy Mitford he was the funniest man alive. This biography of him rediscovers his genius, drawing on his unique archive and throwing fascinating new light on the gilded circle of which he was part.
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James Knox was educated at Eton and thereafter at Cambridge where he read History of Art and at INSEAD where he gained an MBA. He was for ten years Publisher of 'The Spectator' before setting up his own consultancy to advise on commissioning works of art for public and private spaces. He lives in London.Review :
'Fascinating ! Knox's account covers all aspects of Byron's life - aesthetic, personal and political ! he quotes judiciously, writing with sympathy and dry wit' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Meticulous ! diligently researched and neatly written' -- Indepedent on Sunday 'Knox's well-researched and thorough biography reminds us quite how serious a loss Byron's premature death was for English letters' -- William Dalrymple, Guardian 'Intimate, entertaining ! Knox's Holroydian project triumphs. A finely stitched tapestry halts abruptly, and nothing lies ahead' -- Financial Times 'Lively, fluent biography ! it clips along with an irresistible verve like Byron cantering across the Afghan wastes, always impatient for the next sight' -- Sunday Times 'This could not be more timely. Just as Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things is appearing on our screens, out comes James Knox's impeccable biography of a real life sparkler' -- Country Life 'Engrossing...beautifully done, a threnody for the talent extinguished by war' -- New Statesman 'An entertaining biography of a very entertaining man' -- Manchester Evening News 20040904
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Description du livre John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2004. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0719561744
Description du livre John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2004. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0719561744