Disraeli as Dandy

Two-page spread in COUNTRY LIFE (2 Dec 2004) on Disraeli's love of dressing up. Photographed at Wotton House, a Buckinghamshire country house where Disraeli once stayed, now owned by David Gladstone, descendant of Disraeli's arch rival, W. E. Gladstone. Photographs by Brian Moody; models David Gelber & Sam Bompas.

Selected Works

"Pure. Reading. Pleasure. Like cake, only good for you."
"A clever, surprisingly substantial take on the life of Jacqueline Onassis. . . . Both respectful and scintillating."
Kirkus Reviews
"Thereís plenty to admire in this rollicking romp of a biography, which puts the pursuit of pleasure — both Disraeliís and ours — at its heart."
Mail on Sunday
"An engrossing double biography."
—Sunday Times
"A timely contribution to scholarly research on a topic of great interest and fascination."
Journal of Modern History

Acknowledged to be a brilliant debater and parliamentarian, Disraeli is still England's first and only Jewish prime minister. There was much more to Benjamin Disraeli, though, than his career as a nineteenth-century politician. Dandy, novelist, social climber, he often behaved as if politics was merely a way to a more interesting life. This biography takes four areas of Disraeli's complex character and through them constructs an entirely new portrait. Exploring Disraeli's attitudes to society, the monarchy, his own sexuality, and his innate political daring, it rediscovers his irreverence. It sheds new light on the man and his legacy. Drawing on primary sources and much original research, the book seeks to restore the core characteristic of humanity to someone who has long been judged merely another eminent but worthy Victorian. It also explores the game of politics as Disraeli saw it -- the fun and pleasure of it, in a way that compels us to rethink the way politics are presented today.