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  • A marvellous history. Intimate and compelling, it's an exciting tale of adventure on the high seas and a family torn apart by civil war

    Daily Mail
  • A compelling drama of marriage, death, madness and adventure

    Stella Tillyard, Sunday Times
  • A fascinating and engrossing tale

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Much more than a powerful family saga, full of spectacular rows and tearful makings-up, joyful births and tragic early deaths... A model for how biography and social history can be made to work magnificently together

    Financial Times
  • A wonderfully immediate, intimate portrait of an age


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