• "'Under the heat and the hammering of bombs, Rinaldi paints the essence of the Second World War in exciting miniature'"

    David Hughes, Mail on Sunday
  • "'Much to enjoy...Rinaldi has tremendous fun evoking the rich cultural pudding that was Malta in 1942, its weird combination of superstition, fatalism and grafted-on anglophilia, of ricotta and stiff upper lip'"

    Patrick Gale, Daily Telegraph
  • "'Funny, romantic, disturbing...A marvellous tapestry of war...Moving and satisfying'"

    The New York Times
  • "'A beguiling, romantic story in an illuminating and surprising setting'"

    Joseph Heller