Semi-Invisible Man: The Life of Norman Lewis

Author(s): Julian Evans

Biography & Memoir

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

About the author:
Julian Evans is the author of Transit of Venus: Travels in the Pacific (1992), and the authorised biographer of the writer and adventurer Norman Lewis. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and Prospect magazine. He lives in south-west England.


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