'As near perfect a Life of Austen as we are likely to get: intelligent, feeling, suggestive... Tomalin presents Austen as remarkably clever; sensitive, but unsentimental; tough, yet observant; guarded; and a woman with the devil of genius in her'
Carmen Callil, Daily Telegraph
'Of all the Austen biographies, this is the best. The slender facts are clothed by diligent research and sympathetic imagination. Tomalin's lucid account leaves the reader with a much deeper appreciation of the circumstances and motivation behind the creation of those six perfect novels.'
Sue Gaisford, Harpers & Queen