• 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

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