JONATHAN BECKMAN is senior editor of Literary Review. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of London. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Observer, Times Literary Supplement, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Spectator, New Statesman, and Independent. In 2010, he won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction.


"A hell of a tale and Jonathan Beckman gives it all the verve and swagger it deserves…I read it with fascination, delight and frequent snorts of incredulity – and I strongly suspect you will too."

                                                         —The Spectator







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