Nick Rennison

Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller. His books include Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography, Robin Hood: Myth, History, Culture, The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide and 100 Must-Read Historical Novels. He is a regular reviewer of historical fiction for both The Sunday Times and BBC History Magazine.



This is the second outing for Nick Rennison's hero, and Carver's Truth does not disappoint. The trail of the missing Dolly Delaney has danger, unexpected twists and villains aplenty. The dialogue is wonderful ... Carver's Truth is gripping escapism at its best.

The Times

With his impressive knowledge of the Victorian world, the author confects a rattling good story of political shenanigans, sexual hypocrisies - and even murder.
Daily Mail

A richly textured, thoroughly relishable helping of ripe Victoriana
The Sunday Times on Carver's Quest

It's entertaining stuff - knowing, but never too knowing - and Rennison's love of Victorian slang reflects a broader linguistic flair
Guardian on Carver's Quest

It's got the lot: mystery, murder, theft, blackmail, infamy, treachery, bandits, a beautiful maiden, heroes, villains, romance and adventure in bucket loadsSarah Broadhurst
Bookseller on Carver's Quest

Bristles with an energy and inventiveness that positively leap off the page... Readers may well be looking to spend more time in the company of Carver and QuintBarry Forshaw on Carver's Quest

An exemplary study of the secret history of Victorian England and of its most captivating citizen.


Ingenious, charming, informative and full of delight.
The Times