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Antiquity, Vol. 77, 2003 -This fine biography of Sir Cyril Fox has been written by his son. The biography of any parent by one of their children must arouse anxiety in a reviewer, since it is bound to arouse questions about the degree of partiality brought to the task by someone with such close emotional ties to their subject. Yet Charles Scott-Fox has somehow avoided this pitfall and produced a work of admirable objectivity and readability, which well portrays the development of a complex and subtle personality.'
'The biography succeeds in its aim of telling the story of the life and career of a man who made a great contribution to our understanding of the British landscape. Where the author is particularly successful in making this realistic is in the way he is able to balance Foxs successes and enthusiasms with his dispassionate account of the failures within Foxs relationships, especially in his difficulties in achieving closeness with his children and his occasionally strained relationships with colleagues. This plaiting of the personal, emotional and professional aspects of Foxs life gives those of us who never knew him some idea of how pleasurable that contact may have been.'