The dramatic confrontation between the two 'mighty opposites' of the Victorian age, brilliantly recreated by a talented young historian.
Richard Aldous is Head of History & Archives at University College, Dublin. He writes for the Irish Times and is a political analyst for RTE Television. This is his third book.
A first-class historical drama, expertly told. * Literary Review
Engaging and highly entertaining. * Sunday Times *
A hugely enjoyable joint biography. * Independent *
Aldous does a splendid job of gleaning the ears of corn from earlier studies. * Daily Telegraph *
A romp... a startling reworking of traditional views... Aldous has written an entertaining and thought-provoking book that reads like a novel. * Spectator *