• "The beauty of the book is the subtlety and the insightful way the bigger picture of the after effect of the war and the colonial experience are interwoven into the portrait of a growing girl"

  • "[Geras] writing is surefooted and subtly crafted and this is an intelligent, sensitive piece of fiction about poignant emotions"

    The Bookseller
  • "A richly atmospheric tale . . . Geras conveys the intensity of childhood experience with great skill"

    The Sunday Times
  • "A bitter-sweet, piercing account of a childhood in Borneo"

  • "Geras conveys well the difficulties of relating to a colonial community and being the new child"

    Books for Keeps