• "Engrossing"

    Karen Robinson, Sunday Times
  • "A dazzling achievement: an extraordinary story told by a phenomenally gifted writer. Within its gripping narrative lies a wonderfully rich reconstruction of the world of the Hanoverian elite, its virtues and vices wittily and movingly related"

    Simon Schama
  • "Aristocrats is a wonderful panorama of a book"

    Victoria Glendinning, Literary Review
  • "Their story is on one level as hard to put down as any of the fashionable French novels that were Caroline's favourite reading. On another it re-explores a century's history seen, so to speak, inside out through the eyes of four remarkable women who started young, lived long, did much, wrote more and have found a scarcely less remarkable biographer in Stella Tillyard"

    Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph
  • "Tillyard's moving and often brilliant book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of aristocracy and enormously entertaining reading for everyone else"

    Linda Colley, Observer