Night-time has been curiously ignored by social historians. This fine book corrects that lack. ... Entertaining and informative, this book is also challenging.
Ekirch's absorbing history reveals an alternative universe shaped by real and imaginary perils.
Wonderful... Ekirch spares no pains to rediscover the lost world of the dark. ... A book that can't be summarised but must be experienced.
This enlightening book ... is one of the most fascinating and rewarding literary experiences you are likely to discover this year.
Just the sort of browsable treat guaranteed to cause insomnia.