• "A Distant Shore is a distillation of everything that makes Phillips's work so impressive: lucid, deceptively simple prose combined with huge ideas and complex emotions... One of those rare novels which successfully examines vast themes through the prism of small lives"

    Time Out
  • "Suspenseful, atmospheric, adventurous"

  • "Phillips's clever novel about a society under increasing pressure to change won't fail to impress"

    Sunday Express
  • "This is literary fiction at its very best - a gripping, character-driven novel that portrays the malaise of a whole society through the stories of two individuals"

    Sunday Tribune
  • "One of the literary giants of our time"

    New York Times