• An outstanding debut novel.

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • This is a masterpiece of imagination supported by a mountain of research.

    Christian House, 4 stars, Sunday Telegraph
  • A novel as crowded, rude and brilliantly inventive as the great pre-Dickensian caricatures it celebrates.

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Observer
  • Some may view this book as a remarkable piece of literary detection, others a dazzlingly written and superbly imagined exposition on how art and writing are gestated and born. Or both.

    Daily Mail

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