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.
Rich and exciting
Scenes of which Hardy would have been proud
An immense spectrum of life as the early Victorians lived it...a marvellously told story alive with believable people.
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.
He is every bit as bad as Dickens.