Books by David Gilmour

David Gilmour is the author of many works of literary and political history, including Curzon: Imperial Statesman (FSG, 2003) and The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling (FSG, 2002). He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and four children


HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

British historian Gilmour (The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj, 2006, etc.) declares there's no such thing as Italy.

Or rather, he argues in this idiosyncratic text, the 19th-century unification of the Italian peninsula into a single nation ignored the reality of its distinct city-states and regions with long separate histories and little in common. Read full book review >

THE FILM CLUB by David Gilmour
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2008

"Perfectly balanced recollections, brimming with pathos leavened by sardonic humor."
Moviegoing brings a father and son closer together in this dynamic memoir by Canadian novelist Gilmour (Sparrow Nights, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A solid complement to Niall Ferguson's Empire (2003), Charles Allen's Soldier Sahibs (2001) and other recent work on British India."
Wide-ranging study of the handful of British civil servants who ruled the 300 million people of 19th-century South Asia, and who left "their impress as Rome did hers on Western Europe." Read full book review >
CURZON by David Gilmour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Gilmour charts Curzon's life through success and failure, turning in a well-formed view of the late imperial era in the bargain. An outstanding biography of an important historical figure."
A magisterial life of the renowned British politician and empire-builder. Read full book review >
SPARROW NIGHTS by David Gilmour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pointless, aimless, joyless, fruitless, and flavorless."
A strange and lugubrious fifth novel by the Canadian Gilmour (How Boys See Girls, 1991, etc.), who offers an excruciating insight into the tormented psyche of a lonely older man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Unapologetic, carefully detailed, and highly useful for students of Kipling and his era."
A thoughtful biography traces Kipling's development as a spokesman for British imperialism and a prophet of its decline. Read full book review >
HOW BOYS SEE GIRLS by David Gilmour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

Sexual obsession for a younger woman narrated by a heavy- drinking, pill-popping, middle-aged Toronto speechwriter in a laconic, often funny, take-me-as-I-am-style. Second-novelist Gilmour (Back on Tuesday—not reviewed) gets the voice of Bix, his narrator, just right. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1991

The first official biography of Giuseppe Tomasi, prince of Lampedusa and author of The Leopard, recounted by British journalist (and family friend) Gilmour with an elegance and precision worthy of his subject. When The Leopard was published in 1958 to great acclaim, Lampedusa was already one year dead and entirely unknown as a writer. Read full book review >