"Reads like a period noir, full of atmospheric carriage rides, aggrieved letters, & deep personal miseries" - The Boston Globe

"A thrilling tale of love, sex & fame. Stott provides a dual portrait of the Romantic spirit during its most intense period of creativity, & uncovers the emotional devastation that was left in its wake" - Amanda Foreman, author of The Duchess

"A learned, constantly entertaining & deliciously gossipy account of the erotic and personal entanglements that led up to, & away from, the most famous wet evening in Romantic literature. This excellent book offers an enthralling, if ultimately tragic, soap opera and lots of fascinating information" - Michael Dirda, The Washington Post




"A great big Christmas pudding of a book, almost over-stuffed with rich and colourful life" - Simon Callow, Guardian Book of the Week            

"Brilliant . . . As a portrait of London in all its mutinous and anarchic variety this book would be hard to beat" - The Spectator

"This brilliant prismatic book conjures up not simply a man...but the spirit of an age" - The Observer

"Stott writes with a brio & wit that makes every page a pleasure" - New Statesman