'a comprehensive overview by the world's leading scholars of all aspects of the Nelson story'. It is not. As Colin White's brief introduction makes clear, this volume is concerned with what must be called the Nelson 'cult', with the physical legacy of the man as well as with the myths and legends surrounding this 'immortal hero'. It is, therefore, in no sense a biographical study of the military, public or private life, still less a study of naval warfare or of Nelson's role in the Napoleonic wars. Although snatches of biographical information appear in several chapters, a reader unfamiliar with Nelson and seeking details of his life and career will find little here beyond a four-side 'Nelson Chronology', listing key events from Horatio's birth in 1758 to the beginning of'the Nelson Decade' in 1995. Indeed, the authors often assume a prior knowledge of the biographical outline. For example, reference is made to the way in which Nelson's reputation was somewhat tarnished when the publication of the Nelson-Emma Hamilton letters widely revealed the nature of their relationship, but the precise details and development of that relationship are not discussed. This book is designed for those who have a strong interest in Nelson and who already have a reasonable grasp of his life and career, though expert and beginner alike would benefit from Michael Nash's assessment of the twenty best biographies interestingly, seven of Nash's top twenty appeared within a decade of Nelson's death and only six were first published in the twentieth century as well as from the select bibliography which, with the index, closes this volume. Like many of the greatest, most charismatic figures in British history, both the man and the myth have long outstripped physical death and burial, spawning generations of disciples who strive to keep their version of the memory alive and who wish to revisit locations associated with their hero and to view or even to own items connected with him. This volume will particularly appeal to such devotees. Colin White sets the tone with an opening chapter tracing the development of the Nelson legend from his death to the present day and charting the highs and lows far more of the former than the latter of his posthumous reputation. Several chapters look at the physical legacy Richard Walker on Nelson portraits and other likenesses, John Munday on Nelson relics, mainly personal possessions but including the bullet which killed him, and John May and Timothy Millett on commemorative material produced both during his lifetime and after. In a slightly different vein, Felix Pryor assesses Nelson's surviving letters, exploring the nature and circumstances of his correspondence, his changing signature as honours and titles mounted, and the less happy transformation wrought by the loss of his right arm. Other chapters explore some of the sites connected with Nelson Tom Pocock on a selection of