Reviews

  • "With this splendidly conceived and exquisitely written double biography - of both Montaigne the man and Montaigne the book - Sarah Bakewell should persuade another generation to fall in love with Montaigne"

    Sunday Times
  • "How to live is a superb, spirited introduction to the master, and should have its readers rushing straight to the essays themselves"

    Guardian
  • "Sarah Bakewell has written a marvellously confident and clear introduction to Montaigne...a rare achievement. Sarah Bakewell deserves congratulations for opening Montaigne to new readers so very appealingly"

    Evening Standard
  • "Illuminating and humane book... It's rare to come across a biographer who remains so deliciously fond of her subject... How to Live will delight and illuminate"

    Independent
  • "Bakewell writes with verve. This is an intellectually lively treatment of a Renaissance giant and his world"

    Daily Telegraph