Andrew Lycett

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

Early lifeEdit

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 reviewsEdit

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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