• Extremely informative and witty

    Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History, on Landlords to London
  • A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought

    Michael Wood, New Statesman on A Short History of England
  • Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book for Christmas...I can imagine no better companion on a voyage across England

    Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph on England’s Thousand Best Houses
  • A short, invigorating gallop over two and a half thousand years

    Allan Massie, Scotsman on A Short History of Europe