• "Extraordinary... Perkin is a masterclass in how biography can breathe life into the darkest and most inert pockets of the past"

  • "An unforgettable book... The best book I have ever reviewed in these pages"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Gripping... With Perkin, Wroe has breathed new life into an obscure figure"

    Daily Mail
  • "A book that captures the temper of an age"

    Financial Times
  • "Rewards every moment of attention"

    Sunday Telegraph