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Beau Brummell


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In this fascinating new biography Ian Kelly reveals the man who changed the way we dress forever - and how his life reflects upon and has influenced our own 21st century culture.

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Ian Kelly is an actor, screenwriter and journalist, writing for The Times", Telegraph", Observer" and TLS". His film credits include Howard's End", Attenborough's In Love and War" and Dennis Potter's Cold Lazarus".


'Superlative ... a thoughtful, absorbing and hugely diverting book. Besides an astute biography, we get a panorama of the times. Lushly illustrated, carefully researched and intelligently argued, this biography will entertain and enlighten.' -- George Walden, Daily Mail 'A magnificent, fantastic read: all the wonders of that incomparable age touched on with mastery.' -- Stephen Fry 'Finely written and beautifully illustrated.' -- Frances Wilson, Literary Review 'Lush, funny, exhaustively researched and beautifully written. Profound ... The reader will want neither the book, nor the intriguing life it recreates, to come to an end.' -- Herald 'Splendid ... What makes this book much more than just a relaxed, racy biography is the way its author brings to life not just the man but also the time in which he lived.' -- The Sunday Times 'Hugely readable' -- James Dellingpole, The Times 'Ian Kelly captures the sadness and frustration that lay behind the glamour; his book is elegant and scrupulously researched, with an admirable feeling for the age ... sensitively narrated.' -- Spectator 'A wonderful melange of social history and biography. Vibrant, witty and fact-packed ... something of a tour-de-force".' -- Claire Harman, Sunday Telegraph 'Beautifully illustrated ... destroys the myths. This is the only book you need to read if you want to know the whole truth about Brummell.' -- Telegraph 'Ian Kelly's magisterial, utterly gripping life of George 'Beau' Brummell is parable for modern times ... a vivid evocation of Georgian London.' -- Philip Hoare, Independent 'Exhaustive. Every detail of Brummell's career has been exhaustively researched with the skill of a professional historian.' -- Scotsman 'Kelly tells Brummell's tale chronologically and with empathy, in prose well worthy of his aesthetic subject: "Opalescent in its small perfection." Beautifully formed and dressed, this is biography at its best.' -- The Times

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