'I got as caught up in these distant but strangely evocative events as Vickers did . . . delicious in its way, recreating a lost world'
'Illuminating and brilliantly scurrilous'
A fascinating document, a window on to a lost world of glamour, grandeur and snobbery ... an elegy, sad and comical, to a passing era.
A luxuriant trawl through the recovered past...extraordinary book
'Vickers' diaries bristle with injudicious indiscretion...it is no small compliment to say that the biographer is here the equal of his subject'
'A quite brilliant record of a fading social and artistic milieu . . . a world to which Vickers is an unrivalled cicerone'
'A ripping read . . . [Vickers] has gathered unique knowledge and feeling for former social manners and morals; the ability to summon the "something in the air" of a recent but virtually forgotten past. It is described succinctly and unsentimentally in this book'