Laurence Kelly is the author of a distinguished biography of Lermontov. He has studied and lived in Russia.
'Kelly's highly readable and enjoyable book is the first biography in English of this intriguing figure.' - Jan Dalley, Financial Times 'Laurence Kelly, the prize-winning author of a life of Lermontov, has spent many years delving into Russian and Persian archives and found hitherto uncovered telling details. But he wears his meticulous scholarship lightly and tells a riveting tale that reads like a Russian novel'. Shusha Guppy Times, Higer Educational Supplement (THES)