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  • Enthralling... Tremain evokes Victorian London with visceral intensity in a gripping and deeply humane novel exploring themes of rejection, poverty, guilt and redemption

    Hannah Beckerman, Observer
  • It's more than gratifying to open [Tremain's] new novel, Lily, and immediately see that she is still writing at full throttle... This is the literary equivalent of all your favourite Christmas telly programmes rolled into one... Lily's story is a winter's tale: a cosy pageturner that will whisk you away from the 21st century while engaging and sharpening your mind.

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
  • Lily, in addition to its pellucid prose, is shamelessly gripping

    Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
  • No writer can inhabit the skin of a historical period and bring it so pulsatingly alive as Rose Tremain. No one can break your heart quite like this. In this compassionate, generous, soaringly beautiful book, Tremain is at the top of her game. Read and be transported

    Neel Mukherjee
  • Another memorable and engrossing read from Tremain, which brings Victorian London, and especially courageous Lily, to life on the page

    Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping
  • Lily is an ingenious blend of historical novel, moral fable and fairy story. Tremain, a pre-eminent historical novelist, vividly evokes the disparate social worlds of Victorian London... Lily is a tale not just of revenge but of redemption, which carries an intense emotional charge. Tremain again displays her supreme ability to create characters who are at once totally true to the period and instantly identifiable to the modern reader

    Financial Times
  • Lily is the perfect heroine, courageous and bold

    Nina Pottell, Prima
  • Full of evocative detail and memorable characters

    Zoe West, Woman & Home
  • Enthralling... Tremain evokes Victorian London with visceral intensity in a gripping and deeply humane novel exploring themes of rejection, poverty, guilt and redemption

    Hannah Beckerman, Observer
  • A wonderfully evocative story with a heroine to root for

    Sarra Manning, Red

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