• "Re-positions an archetypal "great man" - Samuel Johnson - in a fresh light: as the focus of a network of female friends, bound by affection and rivalry"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent, Books of the Year
  • "Wonderfully entertaining...with complete grasp of the material, Kate Chisholm introduces us to eight women who were important in Johnson's life"

    Norma Clarke, Literary Review
  • "Entertaining and enlightening"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Fascinating... Kate Chisolm's affectionate, elegant book does the man and the women [in Johnson's life] a huge service"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Excellent"

    Dailiy Mail

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