'Biography simply as good as it gets'
'All the wonders of an incomparable age touched on with wit and
mastery' Stephen Fry
'A wonderful melange of social history and biography. . . Ian Kelly,
in this vibrant, witty and fact-packed book has produced something
of a 'tour de force' out of what might have appeared a flimsy or
frivolous life. The pathos of the later years is almost unbearable,
the details of prison life done in a style almost as arresting as
the man himself.' Claire Harman, Sunday
'Ian Kelly’s magisterial, utterly gripping life of George 'Beau'
Brummell is a parable for modern times. Kelly sets out the arena
deftly, with a vivid evocation of Georgian London and elegantly
charts the tale of this fashion icon.' Philip
'A superlative book...Kelly has produced a thoughtful, absorbing and
hugely diverting book. Lushly illustrated, carefully researched and
argued, this biography will entertain and enlighten anyone who wants
to understand why dandyism, then as today, is a peculiarly English
phenomenon.' George Walden, Daily Mail
Sunday Times Culture section lead review:
'Ian Kelly has written a splendid book about this seminal
figure of the early 19th Century. What makes this book much more
than just a relaxed, racy biography is the way its author brings to
life not just the man but also the time in which he lived.'
Colin McDowell, The Sunday Times
'Hugely entertaining...The reader will want neither the book, not
the intriguing life it recreates, to come to an end.'
Melanie Read, Herald
'This is a finely written and beautifully illustrated book which
does credit to the extraordinary life, times and legacy of its
subject.' Frances Wilson, Literary Review
'This is the only book you need to read if you want to know the
whole truth about Brummell.' James Chambers,
'Hugely readable' James Delingpole, The Times
'You really must read Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Dandy.'
'If you want to understand modern celebrity read this book. Possibly
the best book ever written on Georgian London and indeed quite
possibly one of best books ever written on London.'
Boyd Hilton, Radio 5
'Ian Kelly captures the sadness and frustration that lay beneath the
glamour; his book is elegant and scrupulously researched with an
admirable feeling for the age. Most impressively, he undermines the
myth that Brummell reserved his passions solely for his wardrobe.'
Ben Wilson, Spectator