“To call Hugo Vickers a ‘royal correspondent’ would be like calling Ernest Hemingway a war correspondent. A unique vantage on a rarified social terrain where privilege meets merit, and royalty and aristocracy slum it with writers and artists. Vickers supplies another pleasure of a lost age. When Mr. Vickers has his eye to the keyhole, we see a secret panorama.”
– Dominic Green, The Wall Street Journal
"Encounters with the rich and famous alongside the noted photographer, painter, and costume designer... An assemblage of star-studded recollections of a faded world."
"A fascinating document, a window on to a lost world of glamour, grandeur and snobbery . . . an elegy, sad and comical, to a passing era."
– Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
"I got as caught up in these distant but strangely evocative events as Vickers did . . . delicious in its way, recreating a lost world."
– Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Times
"A luxuriant trawl through the recovered past . . . extraordinary book."
– John Walsh, Sunday Times
"A quite brilliant record of a fading social and artistic milieu . . . a world to which Vickers is an unrivalled cicerone."
– Matthew Sturgis, The Oldie
"Vickers' diaries bristle with injudicious indiscretion...it is no small compliment to say that the biographer is here the equal of his subject."
– Michael Arditti, The Spectator
"Illuminating and brilliantly scurrilous."
– Marcus Field, The Standard
– Daily Mail
"Vickers - as ever - is a warm and enthusiastic guide to a nearly lost world."