'[Champollion’s story] is brought out by Robinson with verve, elegance and perception'
The Financial Times
'An entertaining, highly readable and authoritative biography of the greatest decipherer of all time'
Michael D. Coe
'A convincing and warm-hearted portrait of Champollion … an important book'
'Evocative and compelling … a story of discovery, ego, resentment and a cultural struggle for survival – an illuminating addition to any historian’s library'
'A life more revolutionary than previously appreciated … a great story'
'Robinson tells the story of Young and Champollion’s rivalry with a flair for the dramatic … [he] elucidates the complex subject of hieroglyphics with verve and scholarly enthusiasm'
Ancient Egypt Magazine