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‘A wonderfully entertaining commentary on British public life. It is full of sharp intelligence and unexpected tenderness’

The Times

‘Almost without exception, all of its … entries are vivid and stylish; there can be few books exceeding one thousand pages which are so consistently well written, instructive and amusing’

Times Literary Supplement

‘The DNB remains a splendid work, packed with useful, reliable information, and containing some excellent biographical writing. I consider my possession of it a major blessing 

Malcolm Muggeridge in the Observer

‘This great collection of the lives of our times manages to be enchanting to read as well as an indispensable reference book’

The Times