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  • This is a beautifully constructed book and, ultimately, a moving one

    James McConnachie, Sunday Times
  • The book captures the vigour, toughness, cruelty, romance and excitement of late 17th century England and its early imperial adventures

    Andrew Robinson, Independent
  • Her unusual dual biography is not only a thrilling read but an eye opening account of life in the 17th Century, whether in the stocks in London or marooned somewhere in Paradise

    Mail on Sunday
  • There have been other biographies of Defoe and other mariners have been proposed as his inspiration. Yet the enthralling Crusoe earns its keep as it weaves together the twin biographies of Knox and Defoe, two extraordinary lives which spiral round like the double helix to produce the DNA of the iconic character in goatskin garments

    Jonathan Sale, Daily Telegraph
  • It's remarkable how the Robinson Crusoe story still determines aspects of travel and tourism

    Conde Nast Traveller

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