Semi-invisible Man: The Life of Norman Lewis


A fascinating biography of the writer Norman Lewis, published in hardback by Jonathan Cape in 2008

ISBN: 9780330427081 Author: Evans, Julian Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 5th June 2009 Imprint: Picador Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:22) Pages: 816 Edition: Reprints Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Norman Lewis was the best not-famous writer of his generation, and a better writer than almost all who were. From the 1950s to the 1990s, he wrote books that have survived better than all but a handful of novels. For twenty years Lewis spied for the British government, raced Bugattis before the war, lived in Ibiza after it, and was a crack shot, flamboyant host, and businessman with Mafia connections. Julian Evans’ portrait is a fascinating personal account of a suburban fugitive and adventurer; a writer of unsurpassed humour, wisdom and compassion for the ridiculous; the Defoe of our times.

‘Magnificent . . . meticulous, spirited and colourful . . . a triumph’ Jason Webster, New Statesman

‘An excellent literary biography about one of the truly outstanding writers of our time . . . Sensitive and perceptive’ Patrick Marnham, Daily Mail

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