Michael Holroyd was born in 1935, and educated at Eton and the Maidenhead Public Library. His biographies of Hugh Kingsmill, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John and Bernard Shaw have established him as one of the most influential biographers of modern times. He was awarded the CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 2007. He is married to novelist Margaret Drabble and lives in London and Somerset.
Michael Holroyd has a great novelist's sense of the obstinate mystery of the human person - The New YorkerFull of languorous charm and mischievous humour - TLSMichael Holroyd has a great novelist's sense of the obstinate mystery of the human person - The New YorkerA brilliant writer blessed with prefect pitch - Mail on Sunday