Hughes is an engaging writer, whose light touch and keen eye for a good anecdote or pithy quote ensures that the book is an effortless read. The book is thoughtfully written, setting the scene incredibly well, and providing a wealth of interesting information while pivoting rapidly from extract to pertinent extract, drawing the reader in, and not relenting until the last shots have been fired.
Zack White, Host The Napoleonicist Podcast
Vivid and entertaining. A most enjoyable account of the dramatic events of 1815 told through the words of those who were there.
Rory Muir, author of Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace
Impressive and assured . . . chronicles eyewitness accounts that are by turns heartbreaking and inspiring. Waterloo Witnesses vividly evokes a shifting world, from the debating chamber to the drawing room and into the heat of battle.
Catherine Curzon, author of The Daughters of George III: Sisters & Princesses
The story of the Battle of Waterloo makes gripping reading and all the more so when it is told in the words of those who were there. For anyone who is not familiar with the material concerned, this new work is a very good place to start.
Charles Esdaile, author of Walking Waterloo: A Guide and Peninsular Eyewitnesses
It’s refreshing to see a new perspective on such an important event. Hughes weaves the story of Waterloo together wonderfully, allowing the reader to see events through the eyes of those who lived through those dark days. I would recommend this book to all historians of military and social history alike.
Marcus Cribb, English Heritage. Manager of Apsley House and Wellington Arch
A brilliant, inspiring and original work! Writers, students and historians alike will be indebted to the author for many years come.
Joshua Provan, author Bullocks, Grain and Good Madeira: The Maratha and Jat Campaigns 1803-1806