• "[This is] one of those magnificent novels given to us when a great writer is in perfect harmony with the mythic soul of humanity"

    Carmen Callil, Guardian
  • "He is, in the finest sense, a world novelist"

  • "His greatest novel, The Tree of Man is a tragic pastoral about the penitential struggle with nature in a grim Australian Eden"

    Peter Conrad, Observer
  • "The novel has unforgettable scenes, marvellous characters, wide ranges of mood, strikingly fresh imagery - all those ingredients which make a novel...become a permanent part of our memory"

    Washington Post
  • "A timeless work of art from which no essential element of life has been omitted"

    New York Times Book Review