• 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

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