• "This is much more than history; it is a tapestry of inspiration and love"

    The Guardian
  • "One cannot but marvel at Ackroyd's erudition, his energy in marshallin g minutiae, his ear for quotation, his flair for dazzling juxtapositions, his vibrant imagination and sheer exuberance"

    The Times
  • "Ackroyd covers not only literature but art, architecture, music and almost everything else that has passed through the minds of the English...just one damn interesting thing after another"

    Sunday Times