Very entertaining . . . the preservation of old houses, a cause with which many of the leading characters were involved one way or another, is skilfully used as a running theme in a book that, with a fine balance between nostalgia and clear-sightedness, commemorates a privileged world long since vanished.
Highly evocative . . . a portrait of an enchanted world
The Crichel boys . . . left behind merely a memory of charm, kindness and generosity, to which Fenwick pays a tender tribute
A rich, luscious account of a postwar Britain that often gets lost
Fenwick, it must be said, is very much at home in this somewhat rarefied milieu, writes perceptively about the quartet's achievements and is sensitive to some of the problems caused by having four neurotic personalities intermittently at large under a single roof
Absorbing new history
Fenwick gives us some fascinating vignettes of the often downplayed cultural life of post-war Britain