Andrew Lycett is an author, journalist and the author of critically acclaimed biographies. As a child Andrew lived in East Africa, and later in Yorkshire and in Dublin. After university, he was a development worker in newly independent Bangladesh. In the mid-1970s he returned to Africa and later lived in the Middle East, working as a foreign correspondent, mainly for The Times and Sunday Times. Over a period of twenty years he edited several magazines and other publications dealing mainly with the Arab world.
As a result of visits to Libya, Andrew wrote his first book, Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution (with his Sunday Times colleague, the late David Blundy). Since the early 1990s, he has concentrated on biographies. His Ian Fleming, published in 1995, is the definitive life of James Bond’s creator. He is also the biographer of Rudyard Kipling, Dylan Thomas, Wilkie Collins and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Andrew’s latest book, published by Frances Lincoln, is The Worlds of Sherlock Holmes, a lavishly illustrated examination of the social, political and intellectual environments which spawned both Sherlock Holmes and his creator Conan Doyle. Andrew and Lucinda will be chatting about this latest title, as well as about Wilkie Collins, because 2024 is the bicentenary of Collins’s birth.
Please put the date in your diary: 12pm on 14 March for this special Riverstone Live event. You can join Andrew and Lucinda – as always – on Zoom, but Goldster members can also apply to be in the audience at Riverstone Kensington, in London. You can secure your place by emailing [email protected]