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Blazing Star

A thrilling portrait of the wild freedoms enjoyed at the court of Charles II, focusing on the most notorious man of the age, the scandalous Earl of Rochester. He was 'THE WICKEDEST MAN ALIVE'. He went to Oxford University at the age of 12 He slept with his first prostitute at 13 He was an alcoholic by 14 He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18 He was acclaimed a war hero at 19 He died of syphilis at the age of 33 He was English history's first celebrity. He was John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester: Poet, dandy and libertine. BLAZING STAR is a compelling portrait of a remarkable and complex man, and of a cultural golden age that often spilled over into depravity.
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Alex Larman is a freelance journalist who has written for the TLS, the Guardian, and the New Statesman, as well as the Spectator and the Observer. He has also written a radio play.


'Challenges the accepted wisdom that has prevailed for centuries that Wilmot was a dastardly blighter in his conduct and a pornographer in his poetry, painting instead a portrait of one of English literature's brightest lights who died, as bright lights do, far too young' Good Book Guide. 'Very good, assiduously researched and well written' Scotland on Sunday. 'The most comprehensive portrait of Rochester yet' Daily Mail. 'This racy tale is told in scholarly but lively detail by Alex Larman in a beautifully written first book' Daily Express. 'An informative and enlightening biography' The Sunday Times. 'Insightful and illuminating ... engagingly partisan and elegantly informative' The Times.

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