‘In an exceptionally pungent, amusing and accessible historical account, Giles Milton brings readers right into the midst of these colonists and their daunting American adventure... there’s no question that Mr Milton’s research has been prodigious and that it yields an entertaining, richly informative look at the past.’ Janet Maslin, The New York Times.
‘This grippingly told true adventure story is made all the more immediate by using lavish quotations in wild Elizabethan spelling.’ Peter Lewis, Daily Mail.
‘Milton has a terrific eye for the kind of detail that can bring the past vividly to life off the page,’ wrote reviewer, Steve King. ‘He revels in the grim realities of the early colonists’ experience. There’s disease, famine, torture, cannibalism and every kind of deprivation imaginable. Milton’s fondness for the faintly off-colour vignette makes for stomach-turning but compelling reading.’ Steve King, The Spectator.
‘Milton has amassed an impressive amount of information from original sources, and it is evidence from Elizabethan journals that makes this such a vivid story.’ The Sunday Times.
‘It’s almost impossible to summarise Milton’s book, from which marvellous, vivid stories spill out like swagsack booty.’ Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian.