• Yet another wonderful biography of a city

    Lesley McDowell, The Independent on Sunday
  • He is brilliant on beginnings... Ackroyd covers an immense amount of ground with verve and elegance

    Independent on Sunday
  • Ackroyd tells the story well...where he excels is in his descriptions...he writes beguilingly

  • Ackroyd is hugely intelligent and formidably industrious; there can be few people, Venetian or foreign, who know Venice better than he... It is full of good things

    Daily Telegraph
  • Elegant... Interweaving psychogeographical investigation with history, picking out defining characteristics which were present from its earliest days


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