'Lively and enjoyable biography ... it's impossible not to be swept along by her story'
'With her fine historical sense, she gives Pauline's extraordinary story a rich background'
'It's a flamboyant story and Flora Fraser, no stranger to dizzy titles females, marshals all her resources to make it work ... it would make a wonderful film'
'A page-turning read ... entertaining'
'Juicy portrait of Napoleon's most flamboyant and favoured sibling'
'Fraser cleverly contrasts Pauline's callous offloading of successive lovers ... the success of a biography of an un-improving subject like this is whether or not we miss them at its close ... Pauline, with or without marmoreal buttocks, was clearly irresistible company'
'Fraser tells her story, of course, with elegance, colour and style'
'Flora Fraser tells the story of Pauline Bonaparte's extraordinary life with elegancy and poise, avoiding the biographer's temptation either to exonerate or pass severe moral judgement on her subject ... A remarkably lifelike portrait'