• [A] beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and finely detailed account... What impresses is how richly informative is this history of individual lives, about the period as a whole, its culture, and material existence

    Frances Spalding, Independent
  • Thirlwell has written a moving and absorbing book about Victorian marriage, ambition and unrequited love

    Frances Wilson, Sunday Times
  • A humane and intelligent book... an up-close, colourfully detailed study of the interweaving lives and passions of a small group of sophisticated Victorians

    Serena Davies, Daily Telegraph
  • Angela Thirlwell is entirely confortable in the world inhabited by the Pre-Raphaelites, and her earlier study of William Rossetti deserved the plaudits heaped on it. Now she has turned to Ford Madox Brown and once again has proved to be an able scholar who turns meticulous research into a seamless narrative.... An excellent account, lovingly narrated and wise in its judgements

    Trevor Royle, Herald
  • Compulsively readable... Engrossing

    Times Literary Supplement

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