'A quite brilliant record of a fading social and artistic milieu . . . a world to which Vickers is an unrivalled cicerone'
'A ripping read . . . [Vickers] has gathered unique knowledge and feeling for former social manners and morals; the ability to summon the "something in the air" of a recent but virtually forgotten past. It is described succinctly and unsentimentally in this book'
'I got as caught up in these distant but strangely evocative events as Vickers did . . . delicious in its way, recreating a lost world'
'Illuminating and brilliantly scurrilous'
A fascinating document, a window on to a lost world of glamour, grandeur and snobbery ... an elegy, sad and comical, to a passing era.
A luxuriant trawl through the recovered past...extraordinary book
'Vickers' diaries bristle with injudicious indiscretion...it is no small compliment to say that the biographer is here the equal of his subject'