Scenes of which Hardy would have been proud
Rich and exciting
Zestful research and Macdonald's mastery of the dialects and speech of all classes bring his novel noisily to life from the first to the last page.
A powerful new novel...a successful attempt to blend fiction with authenticity. The story is rich with colourful characters, brawling, boozing and bedding...leaves the reader waiting impatiently for the next novel in what must be a memorable series.
Engrossing - a book to revel in.
An immense spectrum of life as the early Victorians lived it...a marvellously told story alive with believable people.
He is every bit as bad as Dickens.