Andrew Lycett was educated at Charterhouse and Christ Church, Oxford (where he read modern history). As a foreign reporter he specialised in Africa and the Middle East. A full-time author since the early 1990s, he has written a number of highly acclaimed biographies and lives in north London.
Conducts us through [Kipling's] life and times with authority, dispassion and clarity. This is an excellent biography, with everything in its place - LITERARY REVIEWWell researched and finely written ... Anyone who wants to learn about this curious figure in our culture could do no better than to start here - COUNTRY LIFERichly detailed ... will still be read after the latest psychohistories and literary deconstructions have deconstructed one another to bits - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH