Rosemary Hill is a writer and historian, and has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century cultural history.
"A magnificent biography, as sumptuous and intricate as anything Pugin built ... a properly glorious monument."-John Carey, Sunday Times -- John Carey "As a lucid work of architectural history and as the readable biography of a most protean and brilliant man, it is worthy of the best of his buildings."-Colm Toibin, Irish Times -- Colm Toibin "A very remarkable book about a very remarkable man ... This book will interest not only those who delight in architecture, but also anyone who is interested in the Victorian Age."-A. N. Wilson, Daily Mail -- A. N. Wilson "An excellent and detailed biography ... Pugin changed the face of England forever. This book can be recommended for its disciplined but convincing championship of the most important English architect of the nineteenth century."-Peter Ackroyd, The Times -- Peter Ackroyd "Rosemary Hill has written a superb study of this true romantic and tragic original. It is scholarly, but intimate, warm and readable too, immediately becoming the standard work."-Stephen Bayley, Observer -- Stephen Bayley "This is surely the best biography of a British architect yet written: an enthralling book."-Simon Bradley, Evening Standard -- Simon Bradley "One of the great biographies of our day."-Michael J. Lewis, A. A. Files -- Michael J. Lewis "Rosemary Hill is a wonderful writer. She has not only given us Pugin's story--the life of a hugely important British artist--she has placed his work in a rich and intelligently explained cultural context."-K. Anthony Appiah -- K. Anthony Appiah "Rosemary Hill's book is the first modern biography of Pugin, and it is a considerable feat both in its painstaking original research and the way in which Hill, deals with architectural history, relating Pugin personally to his buildings, justifying brilliantly her biographical approach."-Fiona MacCarthy, The New York Review of Books -- Fiona MacCarthy New York Review of Books