'Enthralling... her period is the golden age of the shrine - from the building of the great basilica in the mid-19th century until the First World War... an inspiring, shocking and deeply human book. It is likely to be the best thing available on the shrine until well into the next millennium.'
Christopher Hope, Daily Telegraph
'A book which, while dispassionate in tone and critical of the shrine's excesses, captures the authentic magic of Lourdes. It's a miraculous achievement.'
Cristina Odone, The Times
'Her study is a model of sensitive objectivity. The book is scholarly, impeccably researched, and compulsively readable. Above all, it is refreshingly without either religious or secularist bias.'
Karen Armstrong, Sunday Times