biographer and author
Published in Britain (hardback) by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1995)
Published in Britain (paperback) by Phoenix (1996)
Published in the United States (hardback) by St Martin's Press (2013)
'Superb....This is an exemplary biography, beautifully written, fast-paced and extremely perceptive. Andrew Lycett has done a massive amount of research and shows himself very understanding of his tricky subject, seeing both the pathos and the comedy inherent in the Fleming paradox - the sharp contrast between the much-promoted image and the man' Selina Hastings, Sunday Telegraph.
'This excellent book....is a moral tale of worldly success not bringing happiness....The supporting cast is terrific.' Mark Amory, Daily Mail.
'A horribly good read.' Paul Vaughan, BBC Radio 4's Kaleidoscope.
'An impressive book, painstakingly researched and thoroughly convincing.' Patrick French, Independent.
'Highly readable' Brian Case, Time Out.
'Thoroughly readable... a fascinating historical work.' Mark Porter Sunday Express