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  • So real and humane and utterly transporting; fresh and yet, with the feeling of a beloved classic.

    Meg Mason, author of SORROW AND BLISS
  • I utterly LOVED this book!!!!! Tessa Hadley might be my new favourite writer... she is wonderful.

    Marian Keyes
  • A beguiling novel, deceptively easy to read; beneath the surface swim disturbing and age-old questions about freedom and fate.

    Hilary Mantel
  • Tessa Hadley is my favourite author.

    Kate Atkinson
  • Beautifully structured and brilliantly paced. It displays Tessa Hadley's extraordinary skill at making both surface life and deep interiors come fully alive.

    Colm Tóibín
  • I was utterly transported. Tessa Hadley is a true writer and this is such an enthralling novel, just so properly attentive to life.

    Sunjeev Sahota
  • Tessa Hadley knows everything there is to know about the intricate, complex, contradictory workings of the human mind and heart. Her power to embed that understanding in unfailingly intelligent prose is unmatched in contemporary fiction.

    Neel Mukherjee
  • Artful, profound and subtle . . . what a great writer she is.

    Geoff Dyer
  • In keen, lush prose, Hadley conveys the many ways her characters delude themselves amid fraught relationships between parents and children as well as between lovers. The result is sumptuous and surprising.

    Publishers Weekly
  • A sumptuous stylist, Hadley is a writer for whom language trumps all else. Any publication of hers, whether of short or long fiction, is cause for celebration for the pure pleasure of the prose.

    Mia Levitin, Financial Times

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