A splendid book ... BLOOD AND FIRE is packed with good things... Hattersley is a superb guide to both the personalities of the Salvation Army and its social significance. So absorbing in his narrative that one can actually imagine oneself as a late 19th-century salvationist fighting the good fight against a sea of troubles.
This sympathetic but revealing biography gives the Booths their place in the pantheon of great Victorians.
A great and serious story, splendidly told ... A fine and evocative double biography
A broad-minded, sympathetic and eminently humorous biography of a pair of earnest prigs whose unselfconscious absurdity has, as Roy Hattersley points out, unfairly obscured their radical and lasting achievement
A serious and lively tome ... Hattersley describes both these remarkable people with skill and affection