RaveDaily Mail (UK)This isn’t some dry academic tome but a sharply animated and imaginative account of a remarkable figure ... Had Rundell wanted to, she could easily have moulded his story into a novel along the lines of Wolf Hall.
RaveThe Telegraph (UK)Julian Barnes is up to his old tricks in his new book, and admirers of Flaubert\'s Parrot or A History of the World in 10½ Chapters will again be charmed by the dry wit and playful erudition in a slim volume that evades any tidy category of fact or fiction ... a delight, albeit one that may occasionally irritate and bewilder the literal-minded reader ... Where the book\'s originality lies is in the interweaving of Pozzi\'s life with a broader portrait of his milieu and specifically his remarkably extensive links with the literary élite of the belle époque era ... What a deliciously intelligent entertainment this is, couched in a prose of enviable suppleness.
RaveThe Spectator (UK)Nadine Meisner’s meticulously researched and exhaustively detailed study will surely establish itself as the standard authority on the subject in English. The absence of any scorching drama or scandal in Petipa’s life means that it doesn’t make electrifying reading, but its poise and scholarship impress, particularly in its command of the broader cultural context ... Meisner understandably feels sympathetic towards her subject, but the rest of us will find it hard to warm to him. Nobody ever said he was nice.