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  • Social, political and physical labyrinth

    Frances Osborne, Evening Standard
  • Satisfying... agreeably sardonic

    Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • One of the great imaginative creations in English literature

    Daily Telegraph
  • An unadulterated delight

  • Rich and satisfying

    Lindsay Duguid, Sunday Times
  • A tour de force of literary technique, a treasure house of diligent research and imaginative ingenuity

    Jane Shilling, Telegraph
  • Wonderfully entertaining

    Michael Holroyd, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • Her feeling for the spirit of the times is triumphant

    Charlotte Moore, Spectator
  • A rich, glowing portrait

    Daisy Hay, Observer
  • Her characters laugh, cry, plot and flounder so convincingly that they take up residence in your head and refuse to go away

    Mary Crockett, Scotland on Sunday

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