• A perfect holiday read. Its absorbing narrative compels the reader to turn the pages, and yet its descriptive writing often invites re-reading for the sheer pleasure of the prose. Set in five countries (most spectacularly Egypt), and imbued with the spirit of Henry James, this nostalgic chronicle of a loss of innocence still draws reflective thought long after the book's conclusion.

  • Written with a light, deft touch that belies the emotional punch that it packs.

    Kate Atkinson
  • A ROPE OF SAND is beautifully constructed, delaying its shocks until the last possible moment. Period and place are conveyed with economy and sharpness, and the layering of ambiguities seems worthy not only of Henry James but of Elizabethe Bowen.

    The Times
  • Beautiful, intimate.

  • An ultimately tragic tale of sophomoric lust and snobbery.


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