'"A Gambling Man" is a glorious romp of a book, filled with glittering anecdotes about Britain at its most glamorous and easy-going best ... A double biography of both a man and his age which gleams with a rare kind of intimacy. Here is popular history at its compelling best.' --***** Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday
'This is a terrific book, sparklingly written. Even the most ingrained republican ought to be enthralled.' --Salley Vickers, Independent
'This is panoramic history of a high order ... To understand how Charles learnt the difficult art of kingship, read this book.' --Graham Parry, Guardian
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From acclaimed biographer Jenny Uglow, a portrait of Charles II and the first decade of the Restoration: a time of glamour and gossip, charade and risk.
About the Author
Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now works in publishing. Her books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. She lives in Canterbury.