In May 2007, working with Day-Lewis’s widow, Jill Balcon, and all members of the Day-Lewis family, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford published C Day-Lewis: A Life. The current Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, selecting the biography as the Guardian’s Book of the Week, described it as 'shrewd, conscientious...Stanford is careful not to sound censorious. His book is all the better for this. It allows us to see Day-Lewis's charm as well as his calculation.'. In the Daily Telegraph, Betjeman’s biographer, Bevis Hillier, concurred - 'an intelligent, fair and well-written biography...(it) sent me back to Day-Lewis's Collected Poems'. Meanwhile in the Spectator, poet PJ Kavanagh wrote: 'This book succeeds in making the reader like Day-Lewis and catches his charm. Much more importantly it helps the reader to sympathise with and understand his poetry: romantic, yes - also dismissive, tortured, and sometimes joyous'.