Beau Brummell's life is a riveting story of unparalleled fame, fashion and admiration followed by a descent into poverty and madness. This biography reveals the man who changed the way we dress forever - and how his life reflects upon and has influenced our own 21st century culture.
Beau Brummell's life is a riveting story of unparalleled fame, fashion and admiration followed by a descent into poverty and madness. The man who put Saville Row on the map, who could win friends, political arguments or the favours of women with apparent effortlessness, and who was responsible for some of the wittiest put-downs in history, Brummell created the myth of the British gent typified by wit, style, sex, and the finest tailoring in the world. In this biography, Ian Kelly brings the clothes, fashions and people of Regency England vividly to life. Brummell's life is a mirror to his own age and also to our own. Part Andy Warhol, part David Beckham, part Oscar Wilde - Brummell became famous by virtue of his image at a time when the modern concept of 'celebrity' was first termed. This is the man with cause to be considered the father of the cult of personality - to be considered, indeed, as the first true 'celebrity'.
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'A magnificent work, as both portrait...and as panorama of a golden age...A treasure trove of lush details and grim realities.' -- Anthony Bourdain 'A magnificent, fantastic read: all the wonders of that incomparable age touched on with mastery; all I hoped it would be and more' -- Stephen Fry 'This grand new account of the rapid rise and fall of the ultimate Regency dandy ... is a finely written and beautifully illustrated book which does credit to the extraordinary life, times and legacy of its subject.' -- Frances Wilson, Literary Review 'Lush, funny, exhaustively researched and beautifully written. What Ian Kelly's hugely entertaining biography of Beau Brummell does is restore him as a human being and make a convincing case for something much more profound: his role in shaping modern society. The reader will want neither the book, nor the intriguing life it recreates, to come to an end.' -- Herald 'Splendid ... What makes this book much more than just a relaxed, racy biography is the way its author brings to life not just the man but also the time in which he lived.' -- The Sunday Times 'Hugely readable' -- James Dellingpole, The Times 'Ian Kelly captures the sadness and frustration that lay behind the glamour; his book is elegant and scrupulously researched, with an admirable feeling for the age ... sensitively narrated.' -- Spectator 'A wonderful melange of social history and biography ... Ian Kelly, in this vibrant, witty and fact-packed book has produced something of a tour-de-force. "The pathos of the later years is almost unbearable, the details of prison life (and Eton life) done in a style almost as arresting as that of the man himself.' -- Claire Harman, Sunday Telegraph 'Beautifully illustrated ... destroys the myths. This is the only book you need to read if you want to know the whole truth about Brummell.' -- Telegraph 'Ian Kelly's magisterial, utterly gripping life of George 'Beau' Brummell is parable for modern times. Kelly sets out the arena deftly, with a vivid evocation of Georgian London. Kelly elegantly charts the tale of this fashion icon.' -- Philip Hoare, Independent 'Wonderful ... nearly every page of the first half tells us something intriguing about late-Georgian society, while the second half conjures up an image of the decayed dandy in exile worthy of Balzac. He is also an unusually sharp and sophisticated writer.' -- Damian Thompson, Mail on Sunday
About Ian Kelly
Ian Kelly specialised in 17th and 18th century British and European history at Cambridge and won a scholarship to UCLA film school. He has since worked as an actor, screenwriter and journalist, writing for The Times, Telegraph, Observer and Times Literary Supplement. His film credits include Howard's End, Attenborough's In Love and War and Dennis Potter's Cold Lazarus. His adaptation of Justin Cartwright's novel IN EVERY FACE I MEET (Hodder & Stoughton) was shortllisted for the Orange Screenwriting Prize and is in development with Sterling Pictures.
Beau Brummell by Ian Kelly
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