• "Vivid and all good history, it leaves the reader wanting to know more"

    Peter Wilby, New Statesman
  • "Intelligent, instructive and brightly funny"

    Iain Finlayson, The Times
  • "A lively study of neighbourly relations."

    Philippa Stockley, Sunday Telegraph
  • "A fine book packed with generosity, rivalry, misbehaviour, snobbery, love, murder and politics."

    Alistair Mabbott, The Herald
  • "I enjoyed Cockayne's book immediately"

    Rebecca Armstrong, Independent