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  • A colourful portrait of a pivotal moment in England's cultural and social history

  • An absorbing account... a fascinating re-creation of an evening and a world

    BBC History Magazine
  • A book of great charm... [lets] the reader feel that he is present at the memorable occassion

    Independent on Sunday
  • Popular history at its most delicious

  • The biographical equivalent of the world in a grain of sand... an interesting and erudite account of a wonderful evening

    Peter Ackroyd, The Times

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