Authorised biography of Derek Jarman - film director, painter, gay activist, writer, gardener.
Taken decade by decade, Derek Jarman's life is a virtual encapsulation of the social and cultural history of the latter half of the twentieth century, from post-war austerity through the liberated sixties and the perplexing seventies to the eighties of Aids and Thatcherism.
Always influential in artistic and film-making terms, and within the gay community, Jarman had attained before his death a figurehead status that is now very generally recognised, and can only increase with time. His extraordinary garden in Dungeness in Kent has become a major tourist attraction and his films still compel massive critical attention. Tony Peake was Derek Jarman's literary agent, and knew him well. His authorised biography is based on first-hand interviews and primary research and does immense justice to a brilliant - and singular - subject.
Remarkable man; remarkable book - GQ
Tony Peake's monumentally well-researched and fittingly respectful biography of this multifaceted personality - Sunday Times
The best kind of biographical writing- simple and transparent- so you see through to the life - Independent on Sunday
Warm, judicious and, unexpectedly, critical . . . [Peake] provides a sharp and colourful portrait not just of Jarman's own multi-faceted life but of the various personalities who played a part in it - Sunday Express