Andrew Lycett

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Andrew Michael Duncan Lycett (born 1948)[1][2] FRSL is an English biographer and journalist.

Early life[edit]

Born at Stamford, Lincolnshire to Peter Norman Lycett Lycett and Joan Mary Duncan (née Day), Lycett spent some of his childhood in Tanganyika,[3][4] where his father established a preparatory school, The Southern Highlands School.[5][6][7] Peter Lycett's mother was of the Burns-Lindow family of Ingwell and Ehen Hall, Cumbria.[8][9] Lycett was educated at Charterhouse School and studied history at Christ Church, Oxford.


Lycett worked for a while for The Times as a correspondent in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has written several well-received biographies and he is best known for his biography of Ian Fleming, Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009[10] and he is a Fellow in 2014.[11]

He lives and writes in London.



  • Blundy, David & Andrew Lycett (1987). Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
  • — & — (1988). Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution (New revised ed.). Corgi.
  • Ian Fleming (W&N, 1995); US title, Ian Fleming: The man behind James Bond (Turner Publishing, 1995)
  • From Diamond Sculls to Golden Handcuffs: A history of Rowe & Pitman (London: Robert Hale, 1999) – stockbrokers established by George D. Rowe and Frederick I. Pitman
  • Rudyard Kipling (W&N, 1999)
  • Barrack-Room Ballads, Rudyard Kipling (2001?) – an edition of Barrack-Room Ballads and other verses (1892) annotated by Lycett
  • Dylan Thomas: A new life (W&N, 2003)
  • Conan Doyle: The man who created Sherlock Holmes (W&N, 2007); US title, The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Free Press, 2007)
  • Kipling Abroad: Traffics and discoveries from Burma to Brazil, Rudyard Kipling, edited by Lycett (I.B. Tauris, 2010)[12]
  • Wilkie Collins: A life of sensation (Hutchinson & Co., 2013)

Book reviews[edit]

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2013 Lycett, Andrew (8 February 2013). "Bonds Books". Reviews. The Times Literary Supplement>. Glibert, Jon (2012). Ian Fleming : The Bibliography. London: Queen Anne Press. 2017 Lycett, Andrew (September 2017). "Stripping down the buttoned up". Reviews. History Today. 67 (9): 96. Hughes, Kathryn. Victorians undone : tales of the flesh in the age of decorum. Fourth Estate.


  1. ^ List of Members of the University of Oxford, University of Oxford, 1972, p. 394
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  5. ^ The Public and Preparatory Schools Year Book, Year Book Press Ltd, 1954, p. 729
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  8. ^ The Old Radleian 2017, Radleian Society, Radley School, p. 62
  9. ^ Burke's Family Index, ed. Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1976, p. 93
  10. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature (RSL). Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. Out of date.
  11. ^ "Current RSL Fellows" Archived October 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. RSL. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Kipling abroad: traffics and discoveries from Burma to Brazil"[permanent dead link]. Library of Congress Catalog Record (LCC). Retrieved 9 April 2014. With linked Contributor biographical information and Publisher description.

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