• It's a brilliant, painful, funny and courageous book

    Esther Freud, Guardian
  • Simply tremendous... She is a witch, with the surest hand in contemporary fiction

    Philip Hensher, Spectator
  • Her limpid, chaste, luscious fiction describes real lives

    John Lancaster, Daily Telegraph
  • Her stories are - for those who, like me, recognise the truth in every word - like a reprieve... Sharp, poetic and marvellously witty

    Kate Kellaway, Observer
  • Motherhood has long been a subscription-only sort of subject. Helen Simpson has found a way to tell it, and I hope that people beyond the constituency margins are listening

    Rachel Cusk, Evening Standard

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