--Rose Collis - author of Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment
"Waller...furnishes a narrative rich in stories reflecting Victorian life." --The Times, 5 December 2011
"A fascinating and exotic tale, cleverly told, of the rise of a man from illegitimacy and obscurity to music-hall success and pioneering body-building." --Rosemary Ashton, author of '142 Strand'
"The Perfect Man now has the perfect biographer. Like its subject, David Waller's book is well-balanced and a thing of beauty that bulges in all the right places."
--Rose Collis, author of 'Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment'
"Waller's lively, colourful and fascinating book should help restore interest in an unjustly forgotten icon." --Miranda Seymour, The Daily Telegraph
"a fascinating biography of a Victorian enigma: a man who vigorously transgressed the social taboos of his era, and achieved fame and wealth for doing so. David Waller tells Sandow's story with wit, insight and a sure hand." --Amanda Foreman, author of 'Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire' and 'A World on Fire'
"...hugely entertaining ... Waller skilfully places Sandow within the context of the age." --Juliet Nicolson - The Evening Standard
"Waller...furnishes a narrative rich in stories reflecting Victorian life." --Valerie Grove - The Times
"A fascinating and exotic tale, cleverly told, of the rise of a man from illegitimacy and obscurity to music-hall success and pioneering body-building"
--Rosemary Ashton, author of '142 Strand'
Written with humour and insight into the popular culture of late Victorian England, David Waller’s book argues that Sandow deserves to be resurrected as a significant cultural figure whose life, like that of Oscar Wilde, tells us a great deal about sexuality and celebrity at the Fin de Siècle.
David Waller’s previous biography, The Magnificent Mrs Tennant, was runner-up for The Biographers’ Club Prize in 2009, and was described by the Independent as like “Thackeray at his best”.