Richard Davenport-Hines is a historian and biographer. Among his many books are biographies of W. H. Auden and Marcel Proust, and the recent, highly acclaimed, Titanic Lives. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature, he reviews regularly for the Sunday Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement.
Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 'Wonderful and exacting'
Mail on Sunday Books of the Year 'A breakneck thriller and a brilliant dissection of the times'
Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 'This is more than simply an overview of the affair...Davenport-Hines skewers an entire society'
'A wonderful evocation of the period; a Rolls-Royce ride, with that hugely enjoyable sense of a writer being op top of his material and perfectly attuned to his subject' David Kynaston, author of 'Austerity Britain'
'An outstandingly evocative portrait of a hinge moment in our recent history, as well as a treasure trove of anecdotes' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
'Fascinating ... a meticulous and witty portrait of a society built on the shaky foundations of snobbery, suspicion, hypocrisy and sexual anxiety' Mail on Sunday
'Mesmerising. Brilliantly researched, irresistibly readable, fiercely polemical, 'An English Affair' ought to sit on the desk of everyone who voices a view on the entanglement of politics, media and celebrity ... No book about the British past this year will cast a fiercer light on the British present' Independent
'His research is impeccable and the story told with lip-smacking relish' Daily Express
'A superb book' Evening Standard
'[The Profumo Affair] has found a marvellous chronicler in Davenport-Hines, an incisive writer with a terrific eye for detail' Sunday Telegraph
'[A] superb account of the scandal' Mail on Sunday,
'[This] livid, lurid but enthralling history of "sex, class and power in the age of Profumo" boasts a rare passion and bravado' Independent
'Davenport-Hines is superb on the English ... His eye is as shrewd and telling as Anthony Powell's' Times
'It is written in a wonderfully sharp and witty style, and packed with illuminating details' Craig Brown, Books of the year, Daily Mail