This marvellous book won the Wolfson History Prize and is a model of subtle but accessible writing about the past.
Judith Rice, Guardian
Classicist Mary Beard has had a great time rooting about that ghostly place and she has brought it quite splendidly back to life.
Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Telegraph
This absorbing, inquisitive and affectionate account of Pompeii is a model of its kind.
Ross Leckie, The Times
Very readable and excellently researched - Beard's clear-sighted and accessible style makes this a compelling look into history.
Alexander Larman, Observer
If you want to know what really happened in the last days of the petrified city, Beard's meticulous reconstruction will fill you in, scraping away many of your preconceptions as it goes, while her evocative writing will transport you back.
Guardian (Best Holiday Books)