Although I adore Leonard Cohen and found his life interesting insofar as the light it through on to his songs - I found the writing in this biography tedious and often nothing more than a list of "he did this and then he did that". It's probably why I don't like reading biographies very much! Still the author's research is quite meticulous and detailed - but it would have been better if her prose was more engaging.
This is the best book on Leonard Cohen that I've read. It brings to life his life in an engaging and interesting way with obviously some input from Leonard and his associates, including past loves and children. A private man, you naturally only get so much, but if you want to know about him and his development into the icon he is today then this is the book. It comes with an extensive index, photographs and bibliography. The only thing missing is a listing of all his albums and music but you get this through the pages anyway, but not conveniently at the back.
Sylvie Simmons has done a great service to all music lovers and particularly those who rate Leonard Cohen. While a late bloomer in some respects he has always been talented and a writer of high standard. Forget about reading any other books on Leonard as they fall in the shadows of this really well written and detailed book. One to keep on the shelves or in the kindle.