• "Magnificent... This is a fine biography, and it is difficult to imagine its being surpassed for a very long time"

    Alexander McCall Smith, Daily Telegraph
  • "Crawford has delivered a living Burns: smart, arrogant, chivalrous, but also a strong poet to be confronted at every step of our written and sung culture. After this, we can't just take Burns down from the shelf this one night a year"

    Brian Morton, Observer
  • "Robert Crawford gives us a sympathetic portrait of a self-fashioning Burns who has to imagine himself as a bard - a poet not only in word but in act - in order to become one. Crawford's Burns, merrily mixing high and low culture, seems eerily contemporary"

    New Yorker
  • "Generous, highly intelligent and comprehensive biography...a portrait that comes nearer to the whole man than any other yet written...I can't imagine a better life of the Bard being written. It is likely to become the standard work: certainly it deserves to be greeted as that"

    Literary Review
  • "Crawford has produced an act of homage as well as a fine biogrpahy"

    Sunday Times