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Reviews

  • You will find it hard not to be amazed and impossible not to be moved by the indomitable spirit which drives this memoir...She comes across like the heroine of a great novel...a hugely entertaining book

    Anthony Quinn, Guardian
  • Absorbing, moving and marvellously written

    Kate Kellaway, Observer
  • Her memoir is peppered with fascinating pen portraits and anecdotes... she has tried, as Pepys did in his life, to give the 'texture' of a life. This she has achieved quite brilliantly

    Sunday Times
  • She should be a heroine to modern snowflakes who melt at the first hurdle. Tomalin is like a glacier: unstoppable, inexorable, gathering resolve as she goes... The book is poised and beautifully paced

    Times
  • I loved Claire Tomalin's memoir and ate through it in a day when I was supposed to be doing other things. So interesting and delightful and charming. I loved how she weaves the big dramatic events with the everyday - which is so much of what life is.

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, bestselling author of The Last Act of Love
  • She has been tested in ways few women are. Her ability to overcome adversity may seem discreetly, even austerely handled, but for Claire Tomalin this memoir is another triumph

    Literary Review
  • It is not Tomalin's professional life that impresses most in this memoir but her survival through personal tragedy, or rather , her remarkable ability to articulate its bleakness... She speaks from the heart but retains a sort of privacy, and is all the more powerful for it

    Evening Standard
  • As well as her adventures in literary London as a hack, we also see a private life of contentment and heartbreak

    Robbie Millen, The Times Books of the Year
  • Ambushingly poignant

    Observer Books of the Year
  • There is a truth to every chapter of her recollection

    Tim Adams, Observer New Review, Books of the Year

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