"A compelling drama of marriage, death, madness and adventure" (Stella Tillyard Sunday Times)
"A fascinating and engrossing tale" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Much more than a powerful family saga, full of spectacular rows and tearful makings-up, joyful births and tragic early deaths... A model for how biography and social history can be made to work magnificently together" (Financial Times)
"A wonderfully immediate, intimate portrait of an age" (Scotsman)
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.