I suppose I should be grateful to Diana Souhami, given that while writing this biography she forced the opening of important Government files on Radclyffe Hall that I have since been using myself: but I have misgivings about this book. It is, as far as I can judge, accurate in its core subject matter. However, the citations are so sloppily done and so very far from standard academic practice that it isn't always easy to tell what her sources are except for direct quotations. She also overlooks certain minor points, probably because of time restrictions on her research (for example, she claims that the Home Secretary persuaded Rudyard Kipling to offer evidence against "The Well of Loneliness": in reality, it seems to have been the other way around, but that is only made clear by papers in a very obscure private archive). The massive amount of effort that has obviously gone in on Radclyffe Hall herself is the redeeming feature: the bibliography is a most imposing list, and one that an impoverished PhD student like myself can only drool over enviously, comprising archives in places as diverse as Toronto, Texas and London. But it would have been better if they had been more tightly applied and more clearly marked in the text. It is also, on a purely aesthetic level, rather heavy going. This is hardly Souhami's fault; the bewildering variety of names, nicknames and changing nicknames would confuse the cleverest analyst; but the rather abrupt style, with its extensive use of simple sentences and occasional lack of clarification, doesn't help. Nevertheless, this is a worthwhile biography of one of the twentieth century's bravest (albeit hardly one of its best) writers, and would be of great value to anyone interested in the literature, culture or history of the 1920s. But be careful if using it as a starting point for scholarly work.