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  • 'The portrayal of the petty frustrations of clerical life is spot on and the novel is elegantly written'

    The Sunday Times
  • 'I would have killed anyone who wrested this novel from my's compulsive reading'

    Victoria Glendinning, The Times
  • 'This is Trollope's finest novel to date. Prepare to be wittily and wisely entertained by an exceptional writer'

    Carla McKay, Daily Mail
  • 'Like a Barbara Pym novel, though Joanna Trollope has a much stronger grasp than Pym on the tangled web of family life'

    The Times

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