• "A beautiful book of epic scope... Anita Desai has surpassed her own previous high standards"

    Literary Review
  • "Full of revelations and pleasures"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "She writes an extraordinarily delicate, lucid English... She is a writer's writer in that anyone who has ever set pen to paper must ask himself just what it is about the writing that makes it so memorable"

    Victoria Glendinning, Times Literary Supplement
  • "Superbly powerful... A rich, evocative book"