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Ariel: A Literary Life of Jan Morris Paperback – 7 Sep 2017

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571331645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571331642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An affectionate tribute to one of the finest and most sympathetic writers alive. (Colin Thubron)

Johns is good at shedding light on Morris’s inimitable, evocative, highly descriptive style . . . this book also reminds us that Morris was, fundamentally, a bloody good journalist. (Nigel Farndale The Times)

Those unfamiliar with Morris's life will enjoy Ariel . . . Johns quotes copiously from the Morrisonian oeuvre. He catches his quarry well with adroit turns of phrase. (Sara Wheeler Observer)

An elegant little volume, which is as much an anthology of excerpts from Morris's writings as it is a "literary life". . . Derek Johns, who was Morris's agent for 20 years, has written an affectionate portrait, although not a hagiography . . . Her writings should be celebrated and enjoyed, and Ariel provides an admirable introduction to them and to Morris's peripatetic life. (Nick Rennison The Sunday Times)

Johns, a novelist in his own right, knits his materials elegantly, adroitly and with affection. (New Statesman)

Full of insight . . . Johns describes her as 'generous, witty, irreverent and affectionate', and suggests that, if she has a religion, it is kindness. He has shown skill and sensitivity in chronicling Morris's brave and cheerful journey through life, where travel has often been a vehicle for an expression of inner transformation. (Andrew Lycett Literary Review)

What Johns offers is much more than a patchwork of extracts. His own prose is elegant and his insights incisive, and though he is affectionate he is not always uncritical. (The Spectator Maggie Fergusson)

An affectionate presentation of the writer’s work . . . Morris’s delicate line drawings are a highlight. (Gaby Wood Daily Telegraph 'Books of the Year')

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An appreciation of the work and life of the great historian and travel writer.

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