• "It is accomplished, effective, exciting, and intelligent ... information is cunningly deployed, the pace is controlled: the mood of zealous desperation is heightened from page to page"

    Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times
  • "Wonderful"

    Barbara Trapido, Independent on Sunday
  • "Ingenious ... richly informative and sardonically entertaining"

    Books of the year, Sunday Times
  • "This truly excellent novel delves deep into the tragic side of hero-worship and heroism, and is a work of pathos and power"

  • "Masterly"

    Evening Standard