• "Accomplishes what only the best biographies can"

    The Times
  • "Beautiful...written with unfailing eloquence and grace, and great admiration for its subject"

  • "Brilliantly succeeds not only in brining this modest man disarmingly to life but also in recreating the England of his time and social setting...a formidable accomplishments"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Beautifully written... Wheeler's vocabulary to evoke this luminous and cruel continent appears limitless"

    New York Times
  • "With this wonderful biography Sara Wheeler has now vaulted into the front rank of modern British writers...this volume is so much more than a story of one remarkable man. It is among other things an exploration of the mind, a tour through the notions of national identity and pride, and a celebration of the tensile strength of the human spirit"

    Simon Winchester