David Gilmour is one of Britain's most admired and accomplished historical writers and biographers. He is the author of The Long Recessional- The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling (Elizabeth Longford Prize), The Ruling Caste- Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj and the acclaimed The British in India- Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience. His other works include The Pursuit of Italy- A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples, The Last Leopard, a biography of Giuseppe di Lampedusa (Marsh Biography Award) as well as several books on the modern history of Spain and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a former Research Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.
Masterly ... a remarkable portrait of a brilliant, complex and tragic genius -- William Dalrymple * Los Angeles Times * A superb new biograpahy ... a tragic story, brilliantly told -- Andrew Roberts * Literary Review * It is a magnificent work ... entirely convincing in its evocation of Curzon's extraordinary character. It is, in short, the definitive life -- David Cannadine * Observer *