• "Exquisite, precise and moving poems... Once I started reading I could not put it down until I had reached the end, and then I turned back for the pleasure of reading again"

    Claire Tomalin
  • "A fascinating, very rich book... With sympathy and grace, Padel moves deftly between between science, love and family; between the vast processes of evolution and a personal life"

    Sean O'Brien
  • "Daring and exciting, brilliant and subtle, stunning and deeply impressive... a lesson to biographers and poets alike"

    Colm Toibin
  • "Ambitious... shows her extraordinary talent"

  • "Moments of Darwin's life captured with an economy and fluency that prosaic biographers might envy"