• "Haunting... Brilliant and unsparing"

    Simon Callow, Guardian
  • "Compact, engrossing, intelligent"

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Chaplin's rise makes an enthralling story, and it's one perfectly suited to Peter Ackroyd's prodigious and idiosyncratic talents... Ackroyd acknowledges Chaplin's many human failings, while at the same time giving us a vivid sense of what made the man a genius"

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Telegraph
  • "A beautifully judged book, driven by a powerful sense of life’s sadness"

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • "[A] fine biography… The luxury of a short book about a vast life cannot be overestimated"

    Susie Boyt, Financial Times