The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit

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A story of three generations destroyed by drink, drugs and bohemian life. George Lambert served as a war artist in Palestine and Gallipoli, and became Australia's leading painter. His son Constant founded the Sadlers Wells ballet, and Kit Lambert managed the pop group, The Who, and was murdered.

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Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His group study The Lamberts won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Andrew Motion's novella The Invention of Dr Cake (2003) was described as 'amazingly clever' by the Irish Times and praised for 'brilliant and almost hallucinatory vividness' by the Sunday Telegraph. His memoir, In the Blood (2006), was described as 'the most moving and exquisitely written account of childhood loss I have ever read' in the Independent on Sunday. His most recent collection of poems, The Cinder Path (2009), was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.

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After a sluggish start this evolves into a fascinating study of three remarkably talented and self-destructive men. George Lambert (1873-1930) was born after his father's death and grew up in Australia. He became Australia's most famous artist, the first to be appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy. Constant (1905-51), his neglected son, became the Saddler's Wells Ballet's first musical director and conductor. Kit (1935-81), Constant's only son, was also neglected by his father yet shared his artistic gifts. He gained fame and notoriety as creator and manager of the The Who. All three were intimately involved with the artistic worlds of their day. Each died prematurely after flamboyant excesses which the author attributes to personal and professional insecurities. Carefully researched, this is an objective yet sympathetic study, especially of the women who shared their lives. Recommended. Jeanne Gelinas, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Mound, Minn.
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