Released on 11 October 2002.

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Anthony Blunt

His Lives

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2003 Short-listed

Whitbread Biography Award

2002 Long-listed

BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize

2002 Short-listed

CWA Dagger for Non-Fiction

2002 Winner

The Orwell Prize

2001 Short-listed

Guardian First Book Award


When Anthony Blunt died in 1983, he was a man about whom almost anything could be - and was - said. As Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures and Director of the Courtauld Institute, Blunt's position was assured until his exposure in 1979 left his reputation in tatters. Miranda Carter's brilliantly insightful biography gives us a vivid portrait of a human paradox. Blunt's totally discrete lives, with their permanent contradictions, serve to remind us that there is no one key to any human being's identity: we are all a series of conflicting selves.