• A wonderful biography... Hastings... is an accomplished stylist and her prose suits her subject: elegant, deft and restrained

    Sara Wheeler, Spectator
  • [An] elegantly written, intimate biography... This is a remarkably candid, minutely detailed and compulsively readable book about a life lived to the full

    Rebecca Wallersteiner, Lady
  • So good, so full of naughty detail, evocation and grudging affection that you can enjoy it without ever having to read the works of Sybille Bedford

    Barry Humphries, Oldie
  • Selina Hastings's wonderful, gossipy biography is a gem, revealing not just the shy writer, but also the colourful, turbulent 20th-century literary world in which she lived

    Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times, *Books of the Year*
  • An extraordinary story

    Laura Freeman, The Times
  • A fantastic read... I can't express how wonderful her novels are, or this biography, which brings a fundamentally shy and private woman out into the light and is populated by the sorts of people who don't seem to exist any more - madly clever, slightly louche, culturally omnivorous, sexually fluid, crisscrossing Europe and each other in search of fun and new ideas.

    India Knight, Sunday Times
  • [A] richly entertaining biography

    Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Daily Mail, *Book of the Year*
  • I found myself gripped from the first page to the last, astonished by the pace of revelation

    Barnaby Rogerson, Oldie
  • Perhaps this scrupulous biography's greatest achievement is to remind us that Bedford had a second string to her writerly bow

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
  • Comprehensive

    Cressida Connolly, Literary Review

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