"This richly enjoyable biography of the great Victorian novelist reminds us how truly revolutionary was George Eliot...[Ashton] provides luminously sane readings of the marvellous novels". (A.N. Wilson, "Evening Standard"). "Excellent...Ashton cites Eliot's achievement in a literary landscape which moves from Scott and George Sand to Dickens, Tennyson and Browning ...a fluent, vivid book ...it makes one thrill again to the breadth of Eliot's genius and the passionate, vulnerable nature that accompanied her wide-ranging mind". (Jenny Uglow, "Independent on Sunday"). "An extremely impressive work ...the George Eliot who emerges from Professor Ashton's book is a remarkable woman of exceptional integrity whose life expresses the spirit of the Victorian age, even as it goes against the very grain of it". (Susie Boyt, "Sunday Express").