• "An accomplished, responsible, imaginative reconstruction of life, and of a life. Thackeray has come home"

    Victoria Glendinning, Spectator
  • "Wonderful... An outstanding biography. It is unlikely there will be a better one for years to come"

    Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday
  • "A compelling biography... Taylor succeeds always in evoking a rich sense of context...without losing the narrative momentum"

    Michael Slater, New Statesman
  • "A richly detailed book... Taylor writes with verve and affection and is shrewdly perceptive"

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Outstanding... On every page there is evidence of a formidable critical and imaginative intelligence at work... A splendid book"

    Frank McLynn, Evening Standard