This is the first ‘sampler’ which covers all of Thackeray’s versatile genius: his cartoons, his journalism, his carefully restrained sentimentality (much to Victorian taste), his cutting satire, his essayism and what one could grandly call the Thackerayan world view.Read more
'This neat little collection is easy to slip into a pocket, and John Sutherland has done much to ensure that Thackeray continues to resonate long after his last word was written.'
'I would like to write a nightcap book,' wrote Thackeray towards the end of his life; one that might put you to sleep but of which a reader would say, "This man has a friendly heart." John Sutherland has put together just such a book.'
Lucy Hughes-Hallett in The Oldie