'a lively, well researched account of the man' --Literary Review
'An instructive journey around Montaigne, exemplifying his charm and the universality of his appeal...Bakewell obviously enjoyed her time with Montaigne...her enjoyment is sure to lead many readers to Montaigne's text. And those who do are certain to appreciate Bakewell's own empathy and eloquence.'--A.C. Grayling, Prospect magazine
`cleverly retells [Montaigne's] life... she conjures up 16th century France in all its tumultuous glory.' --Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'... It's a rare achievement. Sarah Bakewell deserves congratulations for opening Montaigne to new readers so very appealingly.' --Evening Standard
`Sarah Bakewell has written an entertaining and well-researched book... a thorough account of a peculiar and vivid personality...'
'...clear introduction to Montaigne ... a rare achievement. Sarah Bakewell deserves congratulations for opening Montaigne to new readers so very appealingly." --The Evening Standard
'Splendidly conceived and exquisitely written ... enormously absorbing.' --The Sunday Times
'An entertaining and well-researched book. .. a thorough account of a peculiar and vivid personality.' --The Spectator
'Bakewell writes with verve ... an intellectually lively treatment of a Renaissance giant and his world.' --Daily Telegraph
"'How to Live' is a superb, spirited introduction to the master."
'How to live is a superb, spirited introduction to the master' --Guardian Review
'Bakewell writes with verve. This is an intellectually lively treatment of a Renaissance giant and his world' --Daily Telegraph
'this splendidly conceived and exquisitely written double biography...should persuade another generation to fall in love [with Montaigne]' --Sunday Times
'lucidly written, vividly detailed ... her fluid structure beautifully reflects the freeform nature of Montaigne's candid meditations' --Metro
'Sprightly...It is ultimately his [Montaigne's] life-loving vivacitythat she succeeds in communicating to her readers.' --Observer
'exquisitely written' -- Sunday Times
`a bright, engaging book ... Try it and you will make a new, most intimate friend'
`illuminating and humane book... How to Live will delight and illuminate'. --Independent
`Bakewell reminds us how fascinating and shockingly original were Montaigne's meditations' --The Week
`this welding together of biography and self-help mirrors exactly the project of Montaigne's Essays'
'this lively biography is so well adapted to Montaigne's sensibility that it succeeds in reviving him for our times' --The Times, February 2010
"a haunting and beautiful novel of friendship, life and destiny"
-- Times Literary Supplement
`the most enjoyable introduction to Montaigne in the English language'
-- Times Literary Supplement
`Her considerable achievement in this work is to organise and present him without being exhaustive or reductive.'
--The Irish Times
`This exquisitely written biography explores both Montaigne's life and his famous essays'. --The Sunday Times