Bragg excels at conjuring the wealth and squalor of late 14th-century London . . . it's impossible not to be caught up.
Fast and entertaining - the excitement of a city about to blow up like a barrel of gunpowder is more than palpable - and the period brought to life with visceral minutiae.
Bragg lifts the bare facts of England's largest uprising and transforms them into a high-speed adventure, told from the alternating perspectives of the key players. Readable and pacy
A vivid and surprisingly tender tribute to one of the wildest moments in Plantagenet history.
Bragg brings his historical characters vividly to life and conveys a real sense of the appalling disparity in living conditions. The novel gathers unstoppable pace as the original poll tax uprising hurtles towards its brutal and unedifying conclusion.
A gripping historical novel . . . his moving portraits of Tyler and Ball, their utopian hopes for England betrayed and destroyed just as they themselves are doomed to be, give Now Is the Time its real backbone and intensity.
A beautifully written novel, combining modern insight with historical authenticity, and it is spellbinding.