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  • Nicolson makes social history feel like reading the best and most gripping novel. A beautiful, wholly original book

    India Knight
  • A brilliant concept transformed into a brilliant and revelatory book. Completely fascinating and engrossing

    William Boyd
  • As gripping as any thriller, Frostquake is the story of a national trauma that came out of nowhere and changed us forever. Brilliantly written and almost eerily relevant to our current troubles

    Tony Parsons
  • An engagingly written mixture of social history and memoir

    Trevor Phillips, Sunday Times
  • Fascinating, quirky and evocative . . . Nicolson takes us right back to that muffled, snowbound world

    Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Daily Mail
  • An entertaining panorama of life in Britain during the original "beast from the east" . . . [Nicolson's] striking hypothesis . . . explores the impending social revolution from many angles . . . out of catastrophe can come change for good: a social revolution in 1963; perhaps an environmental awakening in 2021

    Richard Morrison, The Times BOOK OF THE WEEK
  • Juliet Nicolson's new book is a treasure trove... beautifully written. Nicolson uses the imagery of freeze and thaw as a metaphor for the new Britain that was being born, a conceit as elegant in its execution in its conception

    Alwyn Turner, BBC History Magazine
  • Juliet Nicolson's timely study of that pivotal winter in British history has so many parallels with today that it occasionally sends a shiver down your spine . . . Her own memories of the turbulent months before and after that day are the thread that hold this beautifully stitched patchwork of stories together . . . convincing, poetic and often very touching

    Marcus Field, Evening Standard
  • In this lively chronicle Juliet Nicolson, who was eight years old at the time, argues that the winter of 1962-63 marked a turning point in society, with Britain's social conventions beginning to burst apart at the seams. With cameos from Joanna Lumley and Harold Evans, and a nod to imminent Beatlemania, Nicolson buoyantly contends that out of devastation good can come

    New Statesman
  • Nicolson aims to do much more than present a charming word picture of the freakish winter of 1962-63 . . . where Frostquake triumphs is as a metaphor -- a network of images that describes how Britain was beginning to unfreeze from the 50s

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

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