• "Critically acute and full of imaginative insight... Her scholarship is up to date, and her comments on the social history of the period are cogent and erudite"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "She is the best kind of critic because she judges an author on his or her own terms... The great merit of Byatt's writing - fiction and essays - is that it continually engages the reader's mind"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "A subtle and scholarly work"

    Sunday Times