• "Talented to the point of rare originality"

  • "An expert at conveying the kind of apparently inconsequential detail that might be the moment of definition in someone's life"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "The stories have a strange, fairy-tale quality: the simple, beautiful prose, the sense of inevitability, the use of allusion and metaphor to suggest undercurrents of disturbing portent"

    Selina Hastings, Daily Telegraph
  • "Her talent is at its best"

    Susan Hill
  • "A quintessentially English writer - her work has a charm and finesse, a civilised irony"