`a perfectly sprung novel of the sort that owes more to Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell than Patrick O'Brian or Bernard Cornwall' --Telegraph, Toby Clements: `A Page in the Life' interview, May 2011
'Hugely enjoyable... In its intelligent, classy, entertaining way, the book is reminiscent of that other fine novelist of the Napoleonic wars, Patrick O'Brian.' --Times
`Love, betrayal, war and peace charge this powerful debut.' --Woman & Home
`One of the most assured literary debuts in years... a modern novel that is the perfect answer to anyone who thinks the past is out of date.' --Financial Times
`Tillyard writes in fluid, largely understated prose and her descriptions are wonderful.'
`Tillyard is a fluent and attractive chronicler of detail and some of her imaginative liberties are ingenious.' --Sunday Telegraph, Jane Shilling
`This saga of lives swept up in the Peninsular War recalls Georgette Heyer at her best'...'impossible to put down'
`This saga of lives swept up in the Peninsular War recalls Georgette Heyer at her best...impossible to put down'
`Tides of War is elegantly written, with passages of verve and ... poignancy' --Independant
`A thrilling romance brought to life with exquisite detail' --Prima
`a prodigious talent able to combine meticulous research with novelistic devices...there is much to enjoy and admire'
--The Times Literary Supplement
`Seldom, since reading Jane Austen, have I wanted to slip between the pages of a book and become one of its characters. But in Tides of War, Stella Tillyard's first novel, the clever, messy heroine who prefers chemistry to needlework filled me with roughly the same longing I felt when reading Emma as a teenager...Tillyard's Aristocrats made history slip down as easily as fiction; with Tides of War she makes fiction as real as history and considerably more compelling.' --The Financial Times
`Fluently written and impeccably researched' --The Lady
`It is time we stopped thinking of the historical novel as a genre, and an inferior one at that. If its ostensible subject matter means that it doesn't attempt to tell us how we live now, nevertheless a novel set back in time may, if it is good, say as much about what it is to be alive as one set in the next street or another country today. Tides of War is such a novel. It is diverting, but not a diversion.'
'gripping' --Easy Living
`a well written, engaging read'...'beautifully observed' --History Today
`a well written, engaging read...beautifully observed' --History Today
`a vivid account of a couple of years in the Peninsula Campaign and a sympathetic portrait of those left behind' --Literary Review
`a delicious novel by an experienced author who captures the scientific atmosphere of the early 19th century with a devastating study of infidelity' --Oxford Times
'Great Fun' --Mail on Sunday