Rich in sensall and anecdotes, reported and remembered conversations in the words of the material master himself, this biography is chatty and informal throughout. Concentrating heavily on Beecham's childhood and ""pre-1915 achievements"", the author -- currently writing about music for the Daily Mad and Punch --attempts to fill in and enlarge the period included in Beecham's first volume of autobiography, A Mingled Chime Mr. Beld's book overflows with knowledgeable musical ""shop talk"" and the highly colorful females involved in Beecham's personal life and career, such as Utica Celestia Welles, Maud Christian Foster, and the second Lady Beecham, Margaret Betty Humby. Mr. Reid has no documentation in his text, as his sources consist mainly of conversations with relatives and friends as well as people who worked for the conductor for long periods in his life. This might be good entertainment for ardent fans of the late conductor. It is neither critical nor scholarly.