• Sadler's Birthday is as far from the stereotype of a young woman's first novel as it can be. It is a masterly study of a lonely but loyal man that is deeply felt, intelligent and often touchingly funny. I liked it very much

    Angus Wilson
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    Financial Times
  • Brilliant... A quintessentially English writer - her work has a charm and finesse, a civilised irony

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    Daily Telegraph
  • She is a magical storyteller - it is as an artist that she excels

    New Statesman

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