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Basil Street Blues [Paperback]

Michael Holroyd
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Michael Holroyd is celebrated as one of the foremost biographers of our age. His massive and bestselling accounts of the lives of Lytton Strachey, Augustus John and Bernard Shaw have been acclaimed around the world as the definitive versions for decades to come. Now he has taken time out to examine his own life, which he does with modesty, penetration and a good deal of anecdote and humour. The result is a delightful portrait of himself, his family and the years he grew up in. He was conceived in Basil Street Hotel, Knightsbridge, to a Swedish mother by an Anglo-Irish father. He went to Eton but not to university, though he has since been awarded no less than five honorary degrees. Holroyd has a talent for bringing minor characters vividly to life in the most extraordinary deadpan asides. For instance, his grandfather, whose favourite author was "an American homosexual nutritionist called Gayelord Hauser who, at an advanced age and on a diet of cider vinegar and black molasses, hazelnuts and soy bean oil, was said to have enjoyed an affair with Greta Garbo." It is a tremendous shame that neither author nor publisher thought it necessary to add an index. But that aside, this is an entertaining volume of memoirs. --Christopher Hart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A subtle, courageous book... (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

[Holroyd] has written an original, unforgettable book (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Tense, fraught, uneasy, but mining that unease to poignant effect, Basil Street Blues is an extraordinary piece of work (TLS)

I have no hesitation in awarding BASIL STREET BLUES the full five stars. In the genre of autobiography, it is right up there in my personal pantheon...[a] haunting and beautifully understated tragi-comedy. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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*The candid family biography of our pre-eminent biographer

About the Author

Michael Holroyd is the author of numerous biographies including Lytton Strachey, August John and George Bernard Shaw.
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