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Adam Zamoyski was born in New York, was educated at Oxford, and lives in London. A full-time writer, his books include `Paderewski', `The Last King of Poland',`1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow', which was a Sunday Times bestseller, and `Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna'. He is married to the painter Emma Sergeant.


'A close, intimate and thoroughly absorbing portrait ... Zamoyski has written a thoughtful, lively and moving account of an extraordinary and exceptional man.' Mail on Sunday

'Those seeking to revisit the genius of the man who Camille Saint-Saens described as "the sweet evening star that shone for only a moment" could do no better than to have this book at their side.' Daily Telegraph

'A fine study of the composer's life and career ... Zamoyski's highly readable account brings non-technical insights into the music itself and he is superb at conveying what is known as Chopin's own playing.' Sunday Telegraph

'As ever, the historian writes with absolute assurance about the politics and culture of his ancestral homeland ... Zamoyski recounts the private life, and public events, with ringing authority.' Independent

'Zamoyski is terrific at probing the subtle contradictions of Chopin.' Evening Standard

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