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  • 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

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