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VICTOR GOLLANCZ, A BIOGRAPHY

Victor Gollancz - a biography

Publishers' blurb

Victor Gollancz was a teacher, publisher, author and campaigner who spent his life passionately trying to make people see the truth as he saw it. If it's as a publisher that he is remembered above all, nonetheless in many ways he epitomised the social conscience of the mid-twentieth century: he founded the Left Book Club, Save Europe Now and the Campaign Against Capital Punishment. For this biography, first published in 1987, Ruth Dudley Edwards had access to all the Gollancz family and firm papers, and produced an honest, searching work which not only reveals an extraordinary man but throws light on many of the political and social events of his times.

Reviews:

Bookseller

Financial Times

Irish Times

Extracts from reviews:

'Frequently gripping and always readable.'
John Gross, Observer

'Consistently enthralling and a brilliant achievement.'
Hillary Rubinstein, Spectator

'One of the fullest and richest portraits of a contemporary individual we have had.' Anthony Curtis, Financial Times

'I would trust anyone's life to Ruth Dudley Edwards.'
Terence De Vere White, Irish Times


"It combines Dudley Edwards's ability as a gifted historian with her skill as a journalist to produce a hugely important and authoritative book that reads as compulsively as a thriller."
John Spain, Irish Independent

"A hurtling journey, often hilarious and sometimes monstrous, through newspapers, class, politics and sex; not just the double biography of two extraordinary men, but a sideways history of Britain in the fifties and sixties"
Andrew Marr

"The depth of her learning and the breadth of her sympathy, make this a compelling book, the product of genuine free thinking and spare, fine writing. Few books published this year will have the charm, learning, wisdom and humanity of The Faithful Tribe"
The Times

This is the help-manual I longed for when I was a young student of Irish history but eventually had to write myself. It’s still the reference book I use most often.’ 
Ruth Dudley Edwards

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