• "As beautifully written and as profoundly researched as all Julia Blackburn's work"

  • "A remarkable evocation of another time and another frame of reference"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Julia Blackburn has an extraordinary talent for thinking herlsef into other worlds... Reading her book, you experience the uncanny sensation that you have somehow always known these places"

    Evening Standard
  • "She wears her talents like a modern Renaissance woman with elegance and affable ease"

    The Times