A masterly biography, as yet unsurpassed, of one of the most talented, colourful and controversial of British statesmen.
David Gilmour is one of Britain's most admired and accomplished historical writers and biographers. He is the author of The Long Recessional- The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling (Elizabeth Longford Prize), The Ruling Caste- Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj and the acclaimed The British in India- Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience. His other works include The Pursuit of Italy- A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples, The Last Leopard, a biography of Giuseppe di Lampedusa (Marsh Biography Award) as well as several books on the modern history of Spain and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a former Research Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.
It is a magnificent work ... entirely convincing in its evocation
of Curzon's extraordinary character. It is, in short, the
definitive life -- David Cannadine * Observer *
A superb new biograpahy ... a tragic story, brilliantly told -- Andrew Roberts * Literary Review *
Masterly ... a remarkable portrait of a brilliant, complex and tragic genius -- William Dalrymple * Los Angeles Times *