• This is a ground-breaking book, richly nuanced with titbits of information, insight and understanding

    The Daily Mail
  • Remarkably perceptive and well-researched ... Virginia Nicholson has produced another extraordinarily interesting work, sensitive, intelligent and well-written

    The Sunday Telegraph
  • This in an inspiring book, lovingly researched, well-written and humane... the period is beautifully caught

    The Economist
  • Brave, humane and honest

    The Observer

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