• 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

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