[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
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
You get your money's worth and change to spare . . . Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read.
Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow . . . as vivid as the colours themselves
A treasure trove of human history and obsession . . . the breadth of research and insight is dazzling.