Someone was kind enough to send me the URL for a terrific review of my book from the Shepherd Express, a Milwaukee weekly, by Martin Jack Rosenblum. The full page, courtesy of the npaper website, is here.
He writes, among much else, that the book is not only a biography of McTell, but "It's also a detailed, atmospheric, cultural rendering of rural Southern life during McTell's lifetime. The story of the artist and his times are clearly delineated by a brilliant historian and the specifics of a way of life are captured in ways that only a poet knows."
How can anyone have mixed feelings about that? Well, only because I wish this very generous review could be appearing not currently, while there's no North American edition of the book available, but in the future, when one will be. People in Milwaukee whose interest is engaged will go to Amazon.com, fail to find the book there, and be stumped. It's always pity to frustrate would-be readers, and it will occur to very few of them that if they tried Amazon.co.uk, they'd be able to buy it at enough of a discount to counterbalance the airmail postal charge... Still, a great review.