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‘Highly recommended.’(E.J. Jenkins Choice Magazine, vol 51:02:2013)
‘Disraeli: The Romance of Politics is the most thorough study to date of the relationship between Disraeli’s political and literary careers… O’Kell’s book, already thorough and valuable, may yet come to acquire additional relevance, by highlighting the circuitous nature of routes to political power, and the tenacity of the adventurer.’(Michael Flavin Canadian Journal of History vol 49: autumn 2014)
‘O’Kell has brought a remarkably fresh perspective to Disraeli’s career… It is certainly a book that should stand as an example of how a genuinely cross-disciplinary approach to Victorian Studies in general, and ‘the dynamics of political culture’ in particular, can enliven the most studied of nineteenth-century topics.’(I. Cawood The English Historical Review; September 2014)
‘Robert O’Kell’s Disraeli: The Romance of Politics is a brilliant original book that illuminates Benjamin Disraeli’s mind and temperament as no previous work has managed.; it threatens many other Disraeli biographies seem superficial.’(Frederick Schweitzer Victorian Studies vol 57:01:2014)
‘The literary life of Benjamin Disraeli is the most important book to be published on this intriguing figure in at least a decade… For the Victorianist, O’Kell’s magnum opus is an exemplar of interdisciplinary methodology and offers a refreshing re-interpretation of Disraeli’s political life and literary works.’(Rosemary Mitchell Journal of Victorian Culture, 19 June 2015)
‘Thoughtful, lucid, well-researched book… O'Kell throws new, important, and interesting light on $rdquo;The Chief$rduo;’.(Richard Aldous Review19, August 2015)
O’Kell’s study is a fascinating and compelling portrait of one of Victorian Britain’s most colourful figures… A book that is certain to set a precedent for years to come.’(David G. Reagles Victorian Periodicals vol 48:02:2015)