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The definitive biography of Wilkie Collins- the Victorian novelist, playwright, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, who lived a life of sensation.

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Andrew Lycett has a degree in history from Oxford University. After several years as a foreign correspondent, he has been a biographer since the early 1990s. His books include highly praised lives of Ian Fleming, Dylan Thomas, Rudyard Kipling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in North London.

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"Acclaimed biographer Andrew Lycett uncovers a few skeletons in Wilkie Collins's closet, revealing a private life every bit as sensational as anything the author dreamt up in his fiction." * Observer *
"Clean outlines, crystal clear English, and a clear-eyed picture of his subject... Andrew Lycett's a terrific narrator... the Hemingway of biographers... One sees Collins more clearly having read Lycett... A fine, and pre-eminently useful, biography of the most elusive character in Victorian literature." -- John Sutherland * The Spectator *
"Collins's private life... was as rich in secrets as his books. Sensible, thoughtful and never less than scrupulous, -Lycett is just the right biographer to assess whether such potentially sensational material should affect our interpretation of -Collins's work." * Sunday Times *
"As delicate as it is thorough, Lycett peels away the layers of deception with which Collins protected himself and shows us the engagingly vulnerable figure beneath" * Evening Standard *
"Excellent on Collins's friendship with Dickens, which he presents, convincingly, as much more of a relationship of equals than Dickens's biographers allow" * The Times *

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