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David Astor


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An exceptional biography of that rarest of creatures - a really good man

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A former publisher and the deputy editor of the Oldie, Jeremy Lewis has written three volumes of autobiography and biographies of Cyril Connolly, Tobias Smollett and Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books. Shades of Greene- One Generation of an English Family, was published by Cape in 2010.


"Jeremy Lewis has written a definitive account of Astor and his world." -- Robert McCrum * Observer *
"Lewis's affectionate and endearing biography is also a nostalgic celebration of the liberal intelligentsia and metropolitan elite...from the 1940s to the 1970s. There are many rewards in this book, which is full of old Fleet Street gossip, big names and good jokes." -- Richard Davenport-Hines * The Times *
"Jeremy Lewis's excellent new bio-graphy brings out both sides of this complex figure, tracing the contradictions of his character to his privileged but painfully conflicted upbringing... He gives a marvellous description of the golden age of the Observer." -- John Campbell * Financial Times *
"A fascinating, well-written and brilliantly researched account.... The book is a great achievement." -- Piers Brendon
"Excellent new biography." -- Richard Astor * Observer *

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