Since Andrew Lycett’s splendid and deeply researched biography of Rudyard Kipling was published in 1999, it has been a standard work of reference for scholars and the general reader alike. My copy is much thumbed, and much quoted in the New Readers’ Guide.
Terry Eagleton has written:
Andrew Lycett's magnificently thorough biography tracks him from his days as a young journalist in India, wandering stoned around the Khyber Pass in tribal dress, to the eminence grise of his later years in England, a crony of George V and a pillar of the Athenaeum. Even then, however, he gave off the whiff of the outsider - "an awful little bounder", as one irate colonel described him.Orion Books have just republished a new edition in paperback, to mark the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth, with a new introduction by Andrew. They have agreed a special discounted price to Kipling Society members of £9.35, which with U.K. shipping costs takes the price to £12.44.
You can order by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel: 020 3122 6868).