• "Holroyd has a wonderful eye for entirely captivating of the glories of the form"

  • "It has all the tumbling narrative, spicy detail and easy empathy that determine his midas touch... shows Holroyd yet again pushing the biographer's art to new imaginative planes"

    Financial Times
  • "Magnificent - not just as a fascinating exercise in group biography, but as a masterpiece of comic writing...such joie de vivre"

    New Statesman
  • "This is a fabulous cavalcade of a book, written with infectious verve and deep imaginative sympathy ... a joy to read"

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Michael Holroyd has once again triumphed over a seemingly impossible subject. For so capacious is this tale of two great actors and their descendants that he has written a sweeping social history of theatre in the late 19th and early 20th-century England. Deftly plotted, with an infectious verve that springs from his delight in the waywardness of human nature"

    Frances Spalding, Independent