• "A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy"

    Daily Mail
  • "A tall tale and a serious work of literature…its reputation suggests that one “should” read it, and so far I would have to agree"

    Nigel Rodenhurst, Times Higher Education
  • "Stunning... A high-spirited historical romance...remarkable."

    New York Times Book Review
  • "An emotional, funny, stunning novel which swings with wide smoothnes s between joy and bleakness, personal lives and's lyrical and angry, satirical and earnest"

  • "A wonderful epic has made him a name to conjure with. Both on the large and the small scale it is an absorbing and memorable book...the sweep, invention and warmth of the novel carries one effortlessly along"

    Derwent May, The Times