Diligently written, full of affection for the institution with which it deals ... a delight. -- Spectator, June 14, 2003 - Gerald Kaufman
Fair and meticulous ... I wish I had read such a book before becoming The Times's parliamentary sketchwriter. -- Daily Telegraph, June 7, 2003 - Matthew Parris
Highly readable ... The book is essential reading for anyone interested in Parliament or the press. -- Historical Association, August 19, 2003
Magnificent ... Any parliamentarian who has not read Sparrow's book should get hold of a copy at once. -- The House Magazine, July 14, 2003 - Chris Moncrieff
Obscure Scribblers is a vivid account of dealings between the press and politicians ... full of shrewd judgements. -- Times Literary Supplement, June 20, 2003 - Mark Garnett
Sparrow's account of over three centuries of Parliamentary reporting brings in literary giants such as Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens (who worked as a reported in Parliament in the 1830s) as well as covering major developments in how reporting was carried out - and press coverage.