• "The best single-volume work on the Victorian age yet written"

    Andrew Roberts, Evening Standard
  • "Huge, entertaining volume of popular history"

    Sunday Times
  • "A wonderful book"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A masterpiece of popular history"

    Frank McLynn, Independent
  • "Wilson is incapable of writing a dull sentence... This is the history of a vanished world brought to vibrant life"

    Beryl Bainbridge, Observer