• "A heck of a story ... a grand read"

    Daily Mail
  • "A high-speed cavalcade of our island story ... a heady and sometimes sexy brew"

    Daily Express
  • "Bursts with action, encyclopedic in historic detail ... supremely well crafted and a delight to read"

    Chicago Tribune
  • "A richly imagined vision of history, written with genuine delight"

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • "A thundering good read … a great achievement"

    The Bookseller