• This is a portrait skilfully drawn in the round...brilliantly captured

    Rosemary Hill, Sunday Times
  • Wonderfully researched and absorbing account

    Philip Hoare, Observer
  • Rosemary Ashton tells his story [John Chapman's] with both aplomb and scholarship. Anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of London's intellectual life at this time will find her book indispensable

    Simon Heffer, Spectator
  • Rivetingly entertaining

    AN Wilson, Observer, Books of the Year
  • On the intellectual debates...that exercised these characters she is excellent, describing books and linking ideas with panache. There are, too, many moments when the story of 142 Strand comes very vividly to life

    Matthew Sturgis, Sunday Telegraph

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