• Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as efficiently as Dickens...outrageously funny on almost every page...will dazzle readers for years to come.

    London Review of Books
  • A debut novel of astonishing confidence and skill...Acutely observant, overflowing with good jokes, it is the work of an author who loves her characters and sets them playing with gleeful energy

  • An astounding book...without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years

    The Times
  • Little short of a masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry

    Daily Mail
  • A blinding debut from a Yorkshire mother-of-two who could be Alan Bennett's baby sister...straight-up simplicity veils the depth, poignancy and poetry of her story

    Time Out
  • Enchanting. It hops with sprightly omniscence from past to future and back again

    The Sunday Times
  • A really gripping, emotionally satisfying family saga written with warmth and wit. I've re-read it countless times.


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