'In Alexandra Harris’s deeply felt, richly observed and brilliantly articulated book the weathered life of England is superbly on view ... Prepare to be drenched and delighted in equal measure by the best written downpour England has ever witnessed '
'Splendid … its glory is in the detail, in its recording of facts and lives, atmospheres and words, quirks of feeling and behaviour'
A. S. Byatt, Guardian
'Hugely ambitious, exhilaratingly written and handsomely produced'
Peter Parker, Times Literary Supplement (Book of the Year)
'A brilliant, beautiful and sensual book (and it is a lovely object, with its rich paper and fine illustrations)'