• A magnificent scholarly coup and an enthralling read

    John Carey, The Sunday Times
  • A superb biography - human, judicious and as passionately curious as Sloane himself - and a model of how to write a history of collecting

    Arnold Hunt, Times Literary Supplement
  • Robust, thoughtful and elegantly crafted ... Not before time, the smart lad from Killyleagh, creator of one of the world's great civilising resources, has found his ideal chronicler

    Jonathan Keates, Spectator
  • In this fine and erudite book, Delbourgo recovers Sloane from the oblivion into which he has fallen

    Ruth Scurr, Financial Times
  • Approachable yet authoritative ... Delbourgo has at last given us a readable and entertaining single-volume account of Sloane's life and legacy

    Michael Hunter, Literary Review

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