LEGACY: Review summary

‘A magnificent book… endlessly fascinating' - Jewish Chronicle

‘Written with love and imagination… a masterclass in historical empathy.’ - Times Literary Supplement

‘Five Stars… History on a scale at once intimate and grand… extremely readable.’ - The Telegraph

Enthralling… A dynastic saga that carries striking echoes of the Lehman Trilogy. Fascinating.’ - The Observer

A monumental history of the rise and fall of the Lyons empire… It’s a terrific story.’ - The Times

‘Fascinating…Harding, who is related to the Glucksteins on his mother’s side, is to be congratulated on this panoramic history of an institution that was as British as Victoria sponge.’ - Evening Standard

’Ably combines his story with British political and social history... [an] affectionate and colourful family history.’ - Financial Times

‘Harding’s affectionate family story is deftly sandwiched in the rise and fall of empire, two world wars, and two centuries of social and political change.’ - The Economist

‘Engrossing ... this is an extraordinary story, well told.’ - Sunday Times

‘This extraordinarily rich and meticulously researched history of modern Britain is a tour de force. It’s a paean to the immigrant contribution to our nation.’ - The Bookseller

‘[A] satisfying slab of dynastic history... [a] brisk, accessible account of how one Anglo-Jewish dynasty provided twentieth-century Britain with the materials it required to imagine itself fondly as a land of cosy comfort.’ - The Guardian

Legacy is the biography of the extraordinary family who put the respectable teashop on the corner, the hamburger on the high street, plus the cuppa and Ready Brek on your breakfast table. […] Thomas Harding is a researcher of the first rank. Nobody quite stirs the soup of historical detail like Harding.”  - Daily Express

‘I was riveted: this is a fascinating social history.’ - Nigella Lawson

‘I absolutely love this book.’ - Tracy Oberman

A  meticulously researched account.’ - Kipper Williams.

’An astonishing story, beautifully and lovingly told.’ - Allan Little

‘Endlessly fascinating and hard to put down. I read it all in one sitting. This is a tour de force.’ - Rabbi Julia Neuberger

‘An impressively researched account.’ - Anne J Kershen, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London

‘A must-read’ - Rabbi Stuart Altshuler