• "Elegant, level-headed tidbits of higher journalism and light scholarship"

  • "Fascinating"

  • "In its cleverness, intimacy and verve, Lee's own work is utterly engaging - perfect material in which to lose yourself between the sheets"

    Lucasta Miller, Sunday Times
  • "Enthralling...This is a superb, intriguing volume of literary curios"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "Everything Hermione Lee, who both writes and teaches biography, has written about the states of the biographer's art in recent years is worth re-reading"

    Anne Chisholm, Spectator