• "Rich physical details, lush sensual descriptions of people and places...Byatt's engaging message is that art, curiosity and stories and save us. Now read on"

    Michèle Roberts, Independent on Sunday
  • "Byatt weaves myth and art into bewitching astonishing display of imagination. The whole collection has a kaleidoscopic beauty"

    Mark Sanderson, Time Out
  • "Drenched in colour, spangled with optical effects, the yarns and parables in Elementals pay rapt attention to a world of light"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • ""Cold", the story at the centre of Elementals is entirely fabulous...Its tenor is voluptuous and melancholy, like that of Oscar Wilde's fairy stories, with some of the erotic edge of Angela Carter's...These stories are full of colour and light"

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times
  • "In a sparkling year for short stories, A.S. Byatt takes all the prizes...A wonderful series of reflections on the harsh realities of life (loneliness, death and betrayal) overlaid with a goassamer-light cloak of passion, mystery and ancient magic"

    Carolyn Hart, Marie Claire