• 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

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