David Lawday was born in London and educated at Oxford. A writer and journalist who was a correspondent for twenty years with "The Economist, " he now lives in Paris with his wife and two children.
"Swift, informed and literate."---"Kirkus Reviews""Comprehensive and quite good."---"Publishers Weekly""Yields insight . . . Lawday gives good account of Talleyrand's languid and imperturbable personality and throws light on his keen sense of political weather. Delivers complete coverage, stocking and all, of Talleyrand's remarkable, controversial career."---"Booklist""A marvelous biography."---"The Daily Telegraph "(UK)"A fast-moving romp through Talleyrand's life, engagingly admiring of its subjects and appreciative of his many qualities."---"The Sunday Telegraph" (UK)"Entertaining . . . strangely touching . . . tells of the extraordinary life of a politician who managed to survive and prosper through revolution, empire, restoration, empire, restoration, and revolution again."---"The Scotsman "(UK)"Alive with the world of the Paris salon and the glittering connections of a most sociable diplomat . . . David Lawday is an ideal biographer of Talleyrand."---"The Economist" (UK)