Reviews

  • A striking and impressive work...one of the most original novels of the year

    Observer
  • Simply one of the finest books about the pains and joys of family that I have ever read. The life of the Jones family glows like a barley-sugar window

    Time Out
  • A brilliantly written first novel... Spirit of time and place is lovingly remembered, steeped in nostalgia yet never sentimental... This is a novelist at work, glorifying in the old-fashioned virtues of plot and character...rendered in graceful prose that is beguiling and charming

    Mail on Sunday
  • Full of enjoyably acute social observation, August offers an absorbing account of a now vanished era of English life... Beguiling

    The Times
  • Gerard Woodward's first novel is founded on the brilliantly simple premise of portraying a family and its inexorable implosion through a succession of August camping holidays... A strong narrative, powered by cunningly withheld information and the threat of crisis

    Independent

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