Mark Bostridge has compiled a dream come true for any lover of Biography and I will treasure these essays that I know I will read again and again. I love reading Biographies and when I first heard of this book I could not wait to get my hands on it. It is joy to read all these Tales of the Lives, by all my favourite biographers, and I enjoyed every single essay.. There seems to have been a fair amount of books in this vein, like Richard Holmes SIDETRACKS and Holroyds MOSAIC and I am hoping for even more. A true joy that I can only recommend very highly. And I look forward to Bostridge's book about Siblings and forthcoming Florence Nightingale biography. Bravo for this collection and its collector.