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Reviews

  • An extraordinary, charming novel... Williams pins a whole, rich life to the page

    The Times
  • Poignant, perfectly paced... a beautifully nuanced work

    Eithne Farry, Mail on Sunday
  • Williams's satisfying novel animates a fascinating history and imbues it with a feminist slant, asking how words mean different things to men and women

    Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times
  • This lovely slice of historical fiction... A highly enjoyable resonant tale about the hidden and frequently gendered stories behind the words we take for granted

    Claire Allfree, Metro
  • A captivating and slyly subversive fictional paean to the real women whose work on the Oxford English Dictionary went largely unheralded

    Alida Becker, New York Times Book Review
  • An enchanting story about love, loss and the power of language, what gets recorded and what gets forgotten. Set at a time when women's voices were clamouring more than ever to be heard, it moved me greatly to think how history is skewed by those who hold power -- and how important it is that novels like this redress that balance

    Elizabeth Macneal, author or The Doll Factory
  • A brilliant book about women and words - tender, moving and profound

    Jacqueline Wilson
  • A gorgeous, unique read

    Sun
  • What a novel of words, their adventure and their capacity to define and, above all, challenge the world. There will not be this year a more original novel published. I just know it

    Thomas Keneally
  • I absolutely loved this book! Thought-provoking, touching and subtly romantic; I finished it in tears

    Katie Fforde

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