• "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"