"A marvel... a work, by turns learned and lyrical, that grows by degree, accreting into something lasting: a replica in miniature of a world of ideas never visible to most, and now gone." -- Andrew Meier, New York Times Book Review
"At the end of the first chapter... I printed a nerdy but heartfelt word: 'Bravo'. I felt like giving the author a little bow, or maybe a one-man standing O." -- Dwight Garner, The New York Times
"An engrossing, and at times deeply moving historical drama." -- Max McGuinness, The Daily Beast
“A hammer-and-sickle version of Altman’s Nashville, with central committees replacing country music . . . [Spufford] has one of the most original minds in contemporary literature.” —Nick Hornby, The Believer
“A thrilling book that all enthusiasts of the Big State should read.” —Michael Burleigh, The Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Francis Spufford is the author of The Child That Books Built and two other books. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.