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James Lees-Milne By Michael Bloch

James Lees-Milne by Michael Bloch

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The authorized biography of 'the greatest diarist of our times'

James Lees-Milne Summary

James Lees-Milne by Michael Bloch

James Lees-Milne (1908-97) - known to friends as Jim - is remembered for his work for the National Trust, rescuing some of England's greatest architectural treasures, and for the vivid and entertaining diaries which have earned him a reputation as 'the twentieth-century Pepys'. In this long-awaited biography, Michael Bloch portrays a life rich in contradictions, in which an unassuming youth overtook more dazzling contemporaries to emerge as a leading figure in the fields of conservation and letters. It describes Jim's bisexual love life, his tempestuous marriage to the exotic Alvilde, and his friendship with other fascinating literary figures including John Betjeman, Robert Byron, Rosamond Lehmann, and the Mitford sisters (whose brother Tom had been Jim's great love at Eton). It depicts a man who was romantically attached to the England of his childhood and felt out of tune with his own times, but who left an enduring legacy through the preservation of country houses and his eloquent chronicling of a dying world.

James Lees-Milne Reviews

'His biography is disciplined, compact, elegant and tender, and equally illuminating, suggestive and commodius abouit all the compartmentalized little platoons that Lees-Milne served,' * Richard Davenport-Hines, Time Literary Supplement *
'This book is so well-written you can actually imagine what it's like to be duiaryist James Lees-Milne ... a brilliant insight into another world' * News of the World *
'Total candour and integrity. This is an absolutely model biography' * Country Life (A.N Wilson) *
' Michael Bloch's admirable biography has nothing of deja vu about it. He has done his old friend proud ' * The Literary Review (Jeremy Lewis) *
'His vivid and sparkling biography...an accomplished and confident account...admirable,' * Mathew Dennison, The Herald *

'The writer's affection and understanding has resulted in a remarkable study, a striking three-dimensional portrait of a subversive, sensitive and endearing man. Naturally, Block has made good use of the diaries, but he has gone far beyond them, investigating the long periods when nothing was written as well as uncovering an intriguing and recurrent thread of fantasy...

James Lees-Milne:The Life is an exceptional biography: lively perceptive and well-written...The diaries will never be superseded, but this book is their essential companion',

* Mark Sanderson, Telegraph, Seven *
'Admirably crisp and comprehensive life of the Pepys of the twentieth century' * Sunday TIme CUlture, Our Choice *
'A frank and sympathetic portrait...9/10', * Anthony Looch, Edinburgh Evening News *
Full of sex, scandal and name-dropping, this biography does justice to James Lees-Milne' * Oliver Marre, The Observer *
'A frank and sympathetic portrait' * Western Mail/ East Anglian Daily News *
'Very funny indeed' * DJ Taylor, Independent on Sunday *
'If he does not sweep us up the whole length of the drive with his passionate intensity, he succeeds in dropping us off safely at the gates of a minor, but convincing, national treasure' * Nicholas Shakepeare, Telegraph Review *

'Funny, observant and revealing'

* David Sexxton, The Scotsman *
'Fascinating new biography' * Daily Mail *
'Bloch has produced the perfect compliment to Lees-Milne's books and fully justified his mentor's faith' * David Sexton, Evening Standard *
'Bloch...is a tactful, sensitive but not an indulgent biographer.' * Rosemary Hill, London Review of Books *
'This book presents a frank and sympathetic portrait' * Anthony Looch, Leicester Mercury *
"Michael Bloch has served his old friend well...a book every bit as well written and entertaining as the diaries" * Irish Times *
"Frank and sympathetic portrait of a complex, cultured and loveable man, whose fame grew as he aged" * Eastern Daily Press *
" A rich social history and a warm picture of a man particular to his time" * Country and Townhouse Magazine *
'Admirably judged; warm, but not hagiographical; sufficiently candid, and acutely revealing...the subject and the author are here perfectly matched' * The Observer *
'A unique insight into the workings of our charity in its early days... and more' * National Trust Magazine *
'His biography is disciplined, compact, elegant and tender, and equally illuminating, suggestive and commodius abouit all the compartmentalized little platoons that Lees-Milne served,' * Richard Davenport-Hines, Time Literary Supplement *
'This book is so well-written you can actually imagine what it's like to be duiaryist James Lees-Milne ... a brilliant insight into another world' * News of the World *
'Total candour and integrity. This is an absolutely model biography' * Country Life (A.N Wilson) *
' Michael Bloch's admirable biography has nothing of deja vu about it. He has done his old friend proud ' * The Literary Review (Jeremy Lewis) *
'His vivid and sparkling biography...an accomplished and confident account...admirable,' * Mathew Dennison, The Herald *

'The writer's affection and understanding has resulted in a remarkable study, a striking three-dimensional portrait of a subversive, sensitive and endearing man. Naturally, Block has made good use of the diaries, but he has gone far beyond them, investigating the long periods when nothing was written as well as uncovering an intriguing and recurrent thread of fantasy...

James Lees-Milne:The Life is an exceptional biography: lively perceptive and well-written...The diaries will never be superseded, but this book is their essential companion',

* Mark Sanderson, Telegraph, Seven *
'Admirably crisp and comprehensive life of the Pepys of the twentieth century' * Sunday TIme CUlture, Our Choice *
'A frank and sympathetic portrait...9/10', * Anthony Looch, Edinburgh Evening News *
Full of sex, scandal and name-dropping, this biography does justice to James Lees-Milne' * Oliver Marre, The Observer *
'A frank and sympathetic portrait' * Western Mail/ East Anglian Daily News *
'Very funny indeed' * DJ Taylor, Independent on Sunday *
'If he does not sweep us up the whole length of the drive with his passionate intensity, he succeeds in dropping us off safely at the gates of a minor, but convincing, national treasure' * Nicholas Shakepeare, Telegraph Review *

'Funny, observant and revealing'

* David Sexxton, The Scotsman *
'Fascinating new biography' * Daily Mail *
'Bloch has produced the perfect compliment to Lees-Milne's books and fully justified his mentor's faith' * David Sexton, Evening Standard *
'Bloch...is a tactful, sensitive but not an indulgent biographer.' * Rosemary Hill, London Review of Books *
'This book presents a frank and sympathetic portrait' * Anthony Looch, Leicester Mercury *
"Michael Bloch has served his old friend well...a book every bit as well written and entertaining as the diaries" * Irish Times *
"Frank and sympathetic portrait of a complex, cultured and loveable man, whose fame grew as he aged" * Eastern Daily Press *
" A rich social history and a warm picture of a man particular to his time" * Country and Townhouse Magazine *
'Admirably judged; warm, but not hagiographical; sufficiently candid, and acutely revealing...the subject and the author are here perfectly matched' * The Observer *
'A unique insight into the workings of our charity in its early days... and more' * National Trust Magazine *

About Michael Bloch

Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple. Appointed James Lees-Milne's literary executor in 1997, he edited the final five volumes of the complete diary and most recently has edited and introduced the three abridged volumes.

Additional information

GOR002221278
9780719565502
0719565502
James Lees-Milne by Michael Bloch
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Murray Press
2010-07-22
416
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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