‘Rich, vivid and passionate…a moving, lyrical and principled piece of writing…Purkiss has a gift for evocation.’ Independent
‘You begin to get close to what it would have been like to live through the nine momentous years from 1640 to 1649…it would be hard to imagine anything more irresistible than this rich layer cake of a book, crammed with the stories and the voices that make history human.’ Guardian
‘Purkiss has an eye for the narrative vignette that can illuminate the age.’ Sunday Times
‘Wonderful…Purkiss offers a sumptuous portrait gallery of the men and women who lived, wrote and died during this turbulent period…A joyous read.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Narrative history at its best: gripping, heartfelt, complex.’ Mail on Sunday
‘This book vigorously brings the horror and humanity of the conflict to life.’ Financial Times
‘Light in touch, though grounded in an enormous wealth of documentary material this “people's history” shows how England’s men and women coped with quite extraordinary times.’ Scotsman
humanity and into life.'