• "The Spell contains the most delicately sensuous portrait-painting...brilliant imagery...and hilarious cross-purpose jokes... Sentence by sentence the novel weaves its magic"

  • "A masterpiece of sustained literary titillation"

    The Times
  • "Love, lust and loss among a group of middle-class gay Englishmen... Young and old, the town and the country, the wild and respectable: Holinghurst explores each of these uneasy conflicts with wit, generosity and sharply observed comedy"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "A bewitchingly beautiful tale... confirms his pre-eminence among the prose writers of his generation"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Comic fantasy is grounded in a wealth of sharp observation and psychological insight. Hollinghurst has lost none of his authority"

    Evening Standard