• "Mesmeric... This book is not just for London enthusiasts. Tindall has demonstrated a genius for a certain kind of social history that, in shining a light on one small place, illuminated a huge amount around... A rare instance of a history book that, in its optimism about the indomitable spirit of the place, raises the hairs on the back of your neck."

    Sinclair McKay, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Fascinating... Gillian Tindall brilliantly deploys contemporary observations to bring the centuries alive."

    Christopher Howse, Tablet
  • "Delightful... Tindall's story is truthful and unexaggerated, combining elegantly elegiac prose with imaginative empathy and descriptive power."

    Jessica Mann, Literary Review