From the Back Cover:
Ackroyds magnificent biography sets the seal on Dickens acknowledged supremacy in the English novel... I can do no more than praise, recommend, insist that you buy and read this book... it supersedes all other Dickens biographies. Anthony Burgess, Independent
I couldnt stop reading it; its absolutely marvellous... This is an absolutely essential book for anyone who has ever loved or read Dickens. P.D. James
A breathtaking feat of scholarship. The Times
As scholarly as it is imaginative... fully worthy of its subject. John Gross, Sunday Telegraph
The best biography of Charles Dickens which I have ever read... a thoroughly professional job... Ackroyd soars above his predecessors in Dickens-study. Robert Nye, Scotsman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.