• "Four stars, (A) perfect little biography"

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • "With deft strokes, Peter Ackroyd’s biography portrays his character and sets him in context, weaving critical appraisals seamlessly into the story of his life. The bravura of this biography lies in its brilliantly judged brevity."

    Iain Finlayson, The Times
  • "Unfailingly perceptive"

    Andrew Taylor, Independent
  • "This biography is compulsive reading"

    The Economist
  • "Insightful"

    Judith Flanders, Sunday Telegraph