11 October 2017

Anthony Powell Biography

Obviously we are delighted that Hilary Spurling's long-awaited biography of Anthony Powell was released in the UK by Penguin Random House on 5 October.

The book can be ordered from Amazon UK or from any good bookseller.

Hilary Spurling is one of our leading biographers and as a friend of Powell's (and his choice of biographer) it is hardly surprising she has produced an enthralling and splendid volume: interesting and very readable with something fascinating on almost every page.

The vast majority of the reviews have been extremely complimentary – and in my judgement quite rightly so. For those who want to catch up on the reviews here's a list of those of which we are aware. [Note that some of these are hidden behind a paywall.]
  • Hilary Spurling has herself written about the biography in the Times on 23 September.
  • John Carey in the Sunday Times on 24 September.
  • Claire Messud in the Guardian on 28 September.
  • Lara Feigel in the Financial Times on 29 September.
  • Philip Hensher in the Spectator on 30 September.
  • Laura Freeman in the October issue of Standpoint magazine.
  • Jeremy Treglown in the October issue of Literary Review.
  • Robert McCrum in the Observer on 1 October.
  • A parody review in Private Eye on 6 October (not online).
  • DJ Taylor in the Times on 7 October (not online).
  • Craig Brown in the Daily Mail on 7 October.
  • Nicholas Shakespeare in the Daily Telegraph on 7 October (not online).
  • Lucy Hughes-Hallett in New Statesman on 8 October.
  • Kieran Fagan in the Irish Times on 14 October.
  • Rachel Billington in The Tablet on 19 October.
  • Ysenda Maxtone Graham in Daily Mail on 19 October.
  • A brief round-up of other reviews in The Week on 21 October.
  • Jane Shilling in London Evening Standard on 26 October.
  • Hilary Spurling herself is interviewed by London Review Bookshop
  • Selina Hastings in the November issue of The Oldie.
  • Mark Amory chooses the biography as one of his books of the year in the Spectator on 11 November.
  • Colin Donald in Sunday Herald on 12 November.
  • Nicholas Shakespeare in Daily Telegraph on 12 December.
  • Fatema Ahmed in the January 2018 issue of Prospect.
We'll try to update this list as we encounter further reviews.

Meanwhile if you're an Anthony Powell fan go and by the biography!

And many thanks to all those who have alerted me to the above reviews.

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