• Richard Cobb is a visionary. His books will take you on an extraordinary intellectual and emotional journey.

    The New York Review of Books
  • His France - urban, northern, provincial, pedestrian, noisy, unpuritanical, festive - was in contrast to, and predicated upon, another France: bureaucratic, official, suburban, safe, rule - crazy, scared.

    Julian Barnes
  • Cobb was a true historian of life 'from below', using archival evidence to bring alive the reality - and the suffering - of ordinary people's existence.

    Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New Statesman

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