• Full of new energy and a sense of new directions... The plot has a driving ferocity, the huge and extraordinary cast marshaled with exceptional dexterity

  • In this concluding installment [of her quartet of novels], Byatt blends her own excitement at 'intellectual curiosity of any kind' with a lucid narrative and gripping plot... I suspect her fans will be hoping for a fifth

  • An intellectual adventure full of energy and vitality [with] solid delights, keen and demanding pleasure

  • Rich in metaphor and glancing allusion... Predominantly a novel of ideas. It makes a fine conclusion to the quartet

    The Economist
  • Brilliant and densely's an absorbing read

    Daily Mail

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