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Bloomsbury's Outsider


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The first biography of David Garnett goes beyond stereotype and myth and presents a clear sighted account of this often contradictory figure at the centre of literary London in the era of the Bloomsbury Group. David 'Bunny' Garnett is now brought to life in the BBC series 'Life in Squares'.

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Sarah Knights has an MA in Life Writing and a PhD from the celebrated School of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of East Anglia. She lives in north Norfolk. This is her first biography.


Sarah Knights' biography is lucidly written and full of new material. Bloomsbury's Outsider, A Life of David Garnett, is a most original guide to inner Bloomsbury. I strongly recommend it. -- Michael Holroyd
Impressive biography ... beautifully written and full of surprises. -- Paul Levy
A delight to read ... genial and proportionate. -- Richard Davenport-Hines * Sunday Times *
Sarah Knights has written the book David Garnett deserves. -- David Sexton * Evening Standard *
Thoughtful and carefully researched account. -- Anne Chisholm * The Spectator *
A sympathetic, thorough and witty portrait of a flawed but lovable man. -- Francesca Wade * Daily Telegraph *
Magisterial biography. -- Roger Lewis * Saturday Times *
Excellent biography of David 'Bunny' Garnett...novelist, publisher and long-time Bloomsbury eminence. * Private Eye *
A delightful read...exceedingly well researched * Guardian *
Sarah Knights's Bloomsbury's Outsider did full justice to this legendary figure -- D J Taylor * Times Literary Supplement 'Books of the Year' *
It's really surprising that there hadn't been any full-length biography of naughty David Garnett before Sarah Knights's wonderful Bloomsbury's Outsider -- Claire Harman * evening Standard 'Books of the Year' *
In between clear, elegant commentary, we get to hear David Garnett telling his own extraordinary tale of a life messily yet often joyfully entwined with Lytton Strachey, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant et al -- Claire Lowdon * Sunday Times 'finest books' of 2015 *
...even by Bloomsbury standards, 'Bunny' Garnett's ever-unfolding love life was astounding * New Zealand Listener '100 Books of the Year' *

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