• "Shines a vivid electric light on the birth of the modern age...Larson is a great master of narrative "

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Meticulously researched...a fascinating read "

    Daily Express
  • "A big, bold approach to the writing of narrative non-fiction...it shows how tiny lives may occasionally become caught up in the wonders of the age"

  • "Larson has an exceptional mastery of historical detail and a real flair for suspense...carried off with effortless resonance"

  • "Compelling...Larson's research is meticulous and he presents a vivid picture of a world that was throwing off the shackles of Victorian restraint while barrelling downhill towards the horrors of the First World War"

    Birmingham Post