• "I can do no more than praise, recommend, insist that you buy and read this book.It supersedes all other Dickens biographies"

    Anthony Burgess, Independent
  • "A truly magnificent biography.This is the complete, the nonesuch, the definitive Dickens"

    Sheridan Morley
  • "A breathtaking feat of scholarship"

    The Times
  • "Landmark biography… fascinating and colourful detail… first rate"

    Daily Express
  • "Can't imagine a better introduction to the life and work of the quintessential English novelist than Peter Ackroyd's superb biography"

    Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday