It is very hard to praise the author too highly. […] Austerity Britain is as supple as willow. For all its factual density, it reads wonderfully. And while its purely literary merits are kept skilfully (and modestly) under control, there can be no doubt that this book is both a history and a triumphant work of art.
Given my fascination with the historical period, how could I resist?
Ostensibly the book is available in Canada, but I haven’t seen it in any stores and amazon.ca advised that if I ordered it from them it could take as long as four months to reach me. So I ordered it directly from Britain via The Book Depository and, scarcely a week later, here it is in my eager hands. The icing on the cake is that shipping was free, even overseas. It was my first order from The Book Depository and it definitely won't be my last.