[Victoria Finlay's] curiosity is inexhaustible, her reading wide, and her writing style a delight
It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world
A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic
A treasure trove of human history and obsession...the breadth of research and insight is dazzling.
This is a rare and wonderful book - a model of erudition and charm, the writing elegant and precise, and with at least one new and fascinating revelation on every single page. I could not be more enthusiastic.
Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves
You get your money's worth and change to spare ... Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read.
It's hard to criticise her spirit of cultural exploration and easy to share her intelligent enthusiasm . . .Packed with pertinent trivia . . . informative and fun
An utterly unique and fascinating read
Full of forgotten facts and beguiling anecdotes . . . it would be hard to confront a painting ever again without seeing in it a kind of coded map of the world
An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight.
Packed with facts, fables and anecdotes ... Finlay's detailed and brilliantly researched account makes for a fascinating read
Victoria Finlay has unlocked the history of colour in this trawl through some little-known history
A welcome reminder of the epic stories beneath the surface of everyday life