'The book is magnificent. I can’t recommend it enough ... Andy Friend seems to have opened new vistas on the lives, loves and connections of this mesmerising and migrant artist – right up to his last fatal flight off Iceland in 1942'
'A lovingly researched and crafted portrait of intricately connected creative lives... New voices emerge from the archives, unfamiliar images light up the pages. Here, above all, is the joyous making of art'
Alexandra Harris, author of WEATHERLAND
'Friend excels … in the glimpses he offers of the lives behind the art'
'One of the best biographies this year … a lovely account'
'Shrewdly and sympathetically charts the wide-ranging influence of this group and their personal and professional relationships'
'A moving book'
'Adds much new detail and factual fine-tuning to our picture of national, in contrast to international, modern art in interwar Britain'
'Valuable and absorbing'
'A deft example of that tricky genre, the group biography'
Martin Gayford, The Spectator
'Generously illustrated, beautifully written … a remarkable testimony to the making of art and friendship'
'A fascinating slice of English artistic and social history'
New York Review of Books
'Engagingly written … beautifully produced'