• Meticulous and magisterial ... If this is not the definitive biography, I don't know what that would look like

    Peter Marshall, Literary Review
  • Triumphant and definitive ... a masterpiece of documentary detective-work, which buzzes with the excitement of a great historian immersed in archives

    Dan Jones, Sunday Times
  • A model of classical historical biography at its finest

    Rowan Williams, New Statesman
  • The definitive biography ... exhaustively researched and superbly written

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times (Books of the Year)
  • The Tudor minister brought to fictional life in Wolf Hall is given a definitive scholarly treatment in this long-awaited, masterful, wry biography

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)