Reviews

  • "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"

    Guardian
  • "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"

    Scotsman