'[Hillier] has unearthed a wealth of detail and anecdote.'
(Glasgow Herald 2006-06-19)
'Hillier's enthralling, many-voiced biography is an awesome achievement. But it is no more than Betjeman's due' (John Carey, Sunday Times 2006-06-19)
'Fascinating' (Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times 2006-06-19)
'Sharply perceptive ... compelling ... A biography this good abolishes time in its own way, and triumphantly ensures Betjeman's survival' (Peter Conrad, Observer 2006-06-19)
'A mosaic in which the true face of the man and his times is revealed' (Mail on Sunday 2004-11-28)
'The chubbiest, juiciest book of the year' (Barry Humphries, Daily Telegraph 2004-11-28)
'Strikes just the right note.' (Telegraph 2004-11-13)
'An awe-inspiring piece of scholarship ... Betjeman has had the best and most sympathetic biographer he could have wished for' (Artemis Cooper, Evening Standard 2004-11-13)
'A triumph' (Spectator 2004-11-13)
'Hilarious and very poignant' (Duncan Fallowell, Express 2004-11-13)
'A mosaic in which the true face of the man and his time is revealed' (Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 2004-11-13)
'A pleasure to read and use.' (Evening Standard 2004-11-13)
'Immensely detailed, intelligent, generous, sympathetic, and often entertaining' (Allan Massie, Literary Review 2004-11-13)
'[Hillier] has unearthed a wealth of detail and anecdote'
(Glasgow Herald 2006-06-24)
'A fine portrait of a vulnerable, acerbic man with a teddy.'
(BBC History 2006-07-01)
'John Betjeman remains extremely popular'
(BBC History 2006-08-01)
'A stupendous work in many ways'
(Daily Telegraph 2006-08-19)
'Bevis Hillier's fine biography joins the jubilations'
(The Times/Books 2006-08-19)
'Where anyone interested in Betjeman will dig happily away'
(Sunday Telegraph/Seven 2006-08-27)
'Hillier's [biography] has a wealth of often-hilarious detail that Wilson never touches on'
(Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph 2006-08-27)