"His account of the natural history of the black rat and the brown rat is thorough. . . . The range of geographical and historical detail provided . . . is impressive and necessary. . . Rat is a good account of the many different manifestations of this animal, and a good place to start for those new to critical animal studies."
- James Fleming
"Arresting to read . . . Completely fascinating."
- P.D. Smith
"Superbly illustrated, this is the perfect book for the rat fancier in your life."
BBC History Magazine
"Engaging. . . . An excellent example of how cultural history can entertainingly cross borders."
The Glasgow Herald
"Burt's absorbing and highly readable story gnows into the labyrinthine, deep-rotted psychological terror that these tenacious creatures engender."