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This review is from: The Last Englishman: The Life of J.L.Carr (Hardcover)
Like all great biographies, this book doesn't just bring to life an author, or his work, but it manages to recreate the spirit of a lost age. J L Carr was many things, and given that his masterwork (A Month In The Country) didn't arrive until he was 68, there is a big back-story to tell. The degree to which each of his varied life chapters eventually produces a matching novel is extraordinary in its literalness, and reveals a process towards justifiable, if belated, recognition and (partial) reward that gives hope to all of us. Byron Rogers has the benefit of being a long-time friend and death-bed confidant of his subject, but he makes the most of his advantages and tells a wonderful, inspirational life story.