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  • I can do no more than praise, recommend, insist that you buy and read this book.It supersedes all other Dickens biographies

    Anthony Burgess, Independent
  • A truly magnificent biography.This is the complete, the nonesuch, the definitive Dickens

    Sheridan Morley
  • A breathtaking feat of scholarship

    The Times
  • Landmark biography… fascinating and colourful detail… first rate

    Daily Express
  • Can't imagine a better introduction to the life and work of the quintessential English novelist than Peter Ackroyd's superb biography

    Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

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