`Jane Brown has visited innumerable houses, tramped through the parks and rounds the lakes, and pored over plans in estate offices and archives. The result is an extraordinarily rich account of many complex projects, written with historical sympathy and feet-on-the-ground knowledge' --The Daily Telegraph
`[Jane] Brown`s knowledge and the verve with which she has captured the spirit of his time have enlarged our understanding of one of England's greatest and most original geniuses' --Country Life
`His biographer has embarked on a mountain of impeccable research and her fondness for her subject is matched by her felicity as a writer' --Sunday Times
'a mine of information' --Daily Mail
`Brown's book is a good read' --Financial Times
`sympathetic, beautifully illustrated study' --Intelligent Life
`Jane Brown has dug deep into the archives and has written an exhaustive and beautifully illustrated biography that has been long overdue...Those who love his gardens...will be delighted with this book' --The Mail on Sunday
`this remarkably exhaustive survey is full of intricacies - physical and psychological, financial and geographical. For lovers of abundantly detailed biographies, this tome will not disappoint' --English Garden
'Her book should find a home in any garden-lover's glove compartment , offering a detailed map of Lancelot's England.'
'Revealing the backstory of our best-loved landscapes will open many, newly appreciative eyes.' --The Lady, Stephanie Cross, April 2011
`The Omnipotent Magician is a valuable work of reference.'
--The Tablet, Anthony Gardner, April 2011
`Robust and revealing' --i, The Independent
`This informative biography shows [Lancelot Brown's] achievements were, like the man himself, full of charm.'
--Waterstone's Books Quarterly
"close attention to detail and brisk and vigorous prose" --Times Literary Supplement
`What are you reading? slot, Timothy Mowl, professor of architecture and designed landscapes at University of Bristol, "where this book excels is in the writers' impressive untangling of the web of family interconnections betweens Brown's patrons."' --The Times Higher Education Supplement