• "Formidable ... Stape's succinct way of dealing with Conrad's 'several lives' must be applauded."

  • "A Fascinating portrait of a mind-boggling, globe-spanningly modern life."

    Evening Standard
  • "Conrad is dead. I finished reading in something like a state of mourning. John Stape has brought him so much to life - a living man, a working writer, not a 'study', not a statue - that one can't help suffering with him. I am so pleased to have had the experience of this book. But it's sad as it is triumphant."

    Cynthia Ozick