At Cecil Beaton's request, Vickers became his authorized biographer, and was granted access to voluminous unpublished material. But, because Beaton died only two days after commissioning the work, Vickers had no restrictions. The result: an instant bestseller, indispensable to anyone interested in 20th century culture. "Rich, dense, thick and tasty as a fruitcake... lovers of photography...will take their time and swallow every last crumb....An enormous, unsparing, inch-by-inch... chronicle of an English snob's progress ...

Cecil Beaton 2002, Phoenix, London

ISBN-13: 9781842126134

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