J M BARRIE & THE LOST BOYS: U.S. REVIEWS:
"A psychological thriller ... one of the year's most complex and absorbing biographies."
Gerald Clarke, Time Magazine
"The book that Mr Birkin has written is as lucid and gripping as his award-winning television trilogy, The Lost Boys."
John Leonard, New York Times
"A remarkably skilful and moving account ... a terrible and fascinating story."
Eve Auchincloss, Washington Post
"This tender yet tragic story ... has never been so fully or compellingly presented as in this handsomely produced, engrossing study."
Edward Griffin, Choice Magazine
"One of the most deeply moving stories I have ever read."
Fern Long, San Francisco Examiner
"Absolutely delightful ... the rich yet restrained narrative coupled with the entrancing photographs make this book a wholly memorable experience."
Millicent Braverman, KFAC Radio
"A work so rich in incident and character, and ultimately almost unbearably poignant."
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe
"Birkin, a superb writer, has made a fascinating book - tender, compulsive, passionate ... an astonishing and poignantly disturbing biography."
Eugenia Thornton, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Birkin's brilliant and shattering biography ... one of the year's most engrossing biographies."
Joseph Kestner, Tulsa World
"This startling biography ... daring and entertaining ... so overwhelming that it forces us to view Peter Pan in an altogether new light."
Andrea Darvi, Los Angeles Herald Examiner
"This stunningly constructed biography ... is a story of obsession and the search for pure childhood; touching, moving, charming, a revelation."
Caroline Thompson, Los Angeles Times
J M BARRIE & THE LOST BOYS: U.K. REVIEWS:
"Having created one of television's masterpieces, The Lost Boys, Andrew Birkin follows it up, not with the now customary book of the programme, but with its documentation set out in another form but with an equally compelling artistry. ... It is indicative of the author's creative use of restraint that this astonishing history justifies his claim of `love story' from beginning to end. It is a lesson in revelations."
Ronald Blythe, The Listener
"A lavishly-illustrated biography based by Andrew Birkin on The Lost Boys - the three superlative plays he wrote for BBC television. ... A truly chilling story, wonderfully told."
Sheridan Morley, The Times
"Positively the most captivating book I have read in years. ... Thoroughly fascinating, an absolutely gripping love story which is both moving and harrowing."
Margaret Forster, Evening Standard
"A fascinating story, beautifully constructed and told with grace, great sympathy and skill. By a rare dramatic gift, Mr Birkin makes the past live around the characters. The numerous illustrations appear next to the text which refers to them, a text which uses their haunting qualities to extraordinary effect."
Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph
"This book is not to be dismissed as a spin-off from the television. Birkin has drawn in his portrait of Barrie surely one of the most extraordinary human beings that ever walked the earth ..."
Haro Hobson, Daily Mail
"Immensely gripping and satisfying ... one of the most poignant stories I have read for a long time."
Nicholas Tucker, BBC Kaleidoscope
"J M Barrie and the Lost Boys is the most perfect lesson in editorial restraint, and it is Peter Pan who is allowed to take us backstage to reveal the tragic reality behind his creation. ... My most unforgettable read of the year."
Ronald Blythe, The Guardian
"Unquestionably the best book on the subject, and unlikely ever to be surpassed."
Sir Rupert Hart-Davis
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