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MICHAEL HOLROYD    Book Number: 79543    Product format: Hardback

An acclaimed biographer of George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey and other post-Victorian rebels, Michael Holroyd has now written an unforgettable book about his own relationship with the Motor Car. His grandmother lived in the days when only fast women drove cars, but she was an accomplished backseat driver and her son, Michael's father, deployed the motor car with skill in his series of divorces and remarriages, escapades which Michael used as material for his first novel. Michael was finally taught to drive by a girlfriend and researched his biographical subjects in a bright yellow motor, living for an eventful year in Ireland to steep himself in Shaw's landscapes. As driving instructor to his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble, Holroyd adopted a relaxed technique by stretching out on the back seat, and when the examiner told Drabble she had passed the test she objected that she definitely had not. Finally convinced of her success, Drabble told the Daily Mail that her husband was "wasted on biography". Holroyd's Lytton Strachey biography features the car given by Lytton to Dora Carrington, who was in love with him, so that she could drive around with Ralph Partridge who was in love with her, and was also the object of Lytton's desire. Another biographical subject is Augustus John, whose first drive, from London to Dorset, took place entirely in first gear. 104pp, line drawings.
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ISBN 9780374226572
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