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‘This is the book we’ve been waiting for . . . It is a biography to be treasured’ Joe Boyd

‘The Drake completist could ask for nothing else’ Daily Telegraph

‘Illuminating. The definitive word on Drake’ Observer

In 1968 Nick Drake had everything to live for. The product of a loving, creative family and a privileged background, he was not only a handsome and popular Cambridge undergraduate, but also a new signing to the UK’s hippest record label, Island.

Three years later, however – having made three well-reviewed but low-selling albums – Nick had been overwhelmed by a mysterious mental illness. He returned to live in his family home in rural Warwickshire in 1971, and died in obscurity in 1974, aged just 26.

In the decades since, Nick has become the subject of ever-growing fascination and speculation. Combined sales of his records now stand in the millions, his songs are frequently heard on TV and in films, and he has become one of the most widely known and admired singer-songwriters of his generation.

Nick Drake: The Life is the only biography of Nick to be written with the blessing and involvement of his sister and Estate. Drawing on copious original research and new interviews with his family, friends and musical collaborators, as well as deeply personal archive material unavailable to previous writers – including his father’s diaries, his essays and private correspondence – this is the most comprehensive and authoritative account possible of Nick’s short and enigmatic life.

Includes a foreword by Gabrielle Drake and over 75 photos, many rare or previously unseen.

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Joe Boyd
This is the book we've been waiting for - the one Nick's legacy deserves and so badly needs. Richard Morton Jack has reconstructed Nick's life with great sensitivity and care, and in remarkable detail. It is a biography to be treasured
Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph ****
The definitive account. Faultless in its detail. The Drake completist could ask for nothing else
Kitty Empire, Observer
Illuminating. The definitive word on Drake
Sunday Times
Morton Jack's book honours its title: it is The Life, not just a death, a rich depiction of Drake's world and the way he moved through it . . . this book might be as close as anyone's going to get to finding him
Financial Times
Drake's flickering presence in 1970s folk-rock, recognised as a maestro by peers but not the public, is told with sensitivity and skill
This phenomenally detailed biography reveals how much those who knew Drake loved, admired and puzzled over him
Irish Independent
Through the careful accretion of granular details a fully formed human being emerges from the myth. Particularly welcome are the vignettes that show Drake at his most un-wraith-like . . . These very human moments shine like starlight
Morton Jack resists the temptation to romanticise Drake's life
i News
Morton Jack's book is the first of its kind to be written in tandem with Drake's family and seeks to bring an equal measure of light and shade to an English musical figurehead who has become uniquely mythologised . . . Morton Jack's book is founded on "minutiae", bringing its subject into unparalleled focus
The Times
Famously, no film of Drake exists, but through its granular detail . . . this book feels as close as you might come to seeing him in motion again