Love him or hate him, for the past two decades Andrew Lloyd Webber has dominated, and to a large extent defined, contemporary musical theatre. But Lloyd's career has never been confined simply to composing. He is a producer, owns and runs his own company, has one of the finest collections of Victorian painting in private hands and an enviable wine cellar. He writes knowledgeably about restaurants for the 'Daily Telegraph' and, after his third marriage, has discovered a keen interest in horses.
The 'Daily Mail's' theatre critic, Michael Coveney, has drawn on long experience as well as personal conversations with Andrew Lloyd Webber himself to produce an intimate biography of a fascinating and complex man - a man who, whatever his present setbacks, is convinced his best work is still to come.