• "Altogether a model biography - human sympathy tempered with honesty and spiced with real intelligence"

  • "A startlingly good biography"

    The Times
  • "Convincing throughout ... Margaret Forster's interpretation of her subject is so complete and so persuasive that it leaves nothing for the reader to do except admire and enjoy"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Forster's acute and sensitive book succeeds on many levels ... Its most important achievement is to disprove the highbrow assumption that bestsellers are shallow ... and do not ... engage the depths of the psyche"

    Sunday Times
  • "Margaret Forster can do no wrong ... The story is as gripping as Rebecca, as full of surprises as My Cousin Rachel ... affectionate, honest, unsentimental and perceptive"

    Daily Mail