• "This is a commendably thorough, engagingly self-effacing new look at a writer whom literary history has never quite managed to pin down, nor ever will. It is the book Peter Ackroyd was born to write"

    Anthony Holden, Daily Mail
  • "Shakespeare: The Biography is everything one would expect from a biographer at the top of his game... his recreation of London life is masterful. He knows the plays and understands better than academic biographers how Shakespeare went about researching and writing... His biography ranks with the best of them"

    Financial Times
  • "His biography is conventional, even cautious; grounded in common sense and wide reading, and written with the sensibility of a working novelist"

    Nicholas Shakespeare, Saturday Telegraph
  • "A big, expansive, densely imagined book"

    Sam Leith, Spectator