`The Knole house has been the aristocratic seat of the Sackvilles since 1604. This is the story of the house and its inhabitants' --Daily Telegraph
`Inheritance is less a love affair with a house than a rather unstarry tale of family squabbles and minor statesmanship, a history with little laughter and slim snatches of gaiety . . . [Sackville-West] succeeds in breathing humanity into Knole's forbidding Kentish stone. . . An appealing human history'
--Kate Colquhoun, Sunday Times
`A graceful and thoroughly researched history that freely acknowledges, without attempt at rivalry, its debt to a glorious predecessor: Vita Sackville-West's intense, romantic hymn to the home that she unappeasably adored.' --Miranda Seymour, Guardian
`Witty, English and crisp, with a poetic lilt that not only makes one want to read about Knole (whatever one's views on aristocracy) but move in. . . That Knole fascinated and irritated its inhabitants as much as any lover is vividly described, while those same inhabitants "left their smells and spores behind in the dust."'
`On the evidence of his charming, tolerant and humorous book, though, for a Sackville he seems surprisingly well adjusted' --Lucy Worsley, Eastern Daily Press
`The author deals with his ancestors with candour... a very lively book... Robert Sackville-West keeps a light entertaining touch but he is conscious of the darker downside to what others might consider the unmerited good luck, the unearned status and esteem of inheriting a stately home.'
--Peter Lewis, Daily Mail
`It is the definitive modern account of a great house and family ... refreshingly retold with much new detail, anecdote and scandal' --John Martin Robinson, Literary Review
`Sackville-West rattles through his family history at a judicious pace, artfully avoiding getting bogged down in any one period'
--Matthew Bell, Independent on Sunday
`Sure to enchant and delight readers. The author pens candid, intelligent, insightful mini-biographies of the various residents, giving readers a glimpse into England's aristocratic heritage while whetting anglophiles' appetites to see Knole for themselves.' --Publishers' Weekly
`Inheritance is not only a family history. It is a contribution to the history of the English aristocracy.'
--Raymond Carr, Spectator
`Knole is not merely a house. It is an embodiment of history. . . Mr Sackville-West writes with great panache. . . Not a word is wasted and every page is full of interest' --A. N. Wilson, Country Life
`The author takes us through his ancestors and their various land deals with a sturdy pen ... The stage is set for the prancing bisexuals of the Bloomsbury group . . . before bringing us into the present age with the acquisition of Knole by the National Trust in 1946'
--1946' Duncan Fallowell, Daily Express