• "She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides"

    Vanity Fair
  • "Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language... In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming"

    Evening Standard
  • "A novel that deserves revisiting...Winterson maintains a balance of tone, a trueness of voice... It remains one of the finest things Winterson has written"

  • "Still extraordinary, still brilliant"

  • "Even at a time when so many good and interesting novels are coming out, hers stand out as performances of real originality and extraordinary promise"

    John Bayley
  • "Wonderful rites-of-passage novel... where the author's blossoming Sapphic nature leads her to eschew her mothers proffered favourite"

    Mariella Frostrup
  • "It is very funny, with an Alan Bennett sort of humour, beautifully written, quirky and likely to cause much tuttutting in conservative quarters"

    Daily Mail
  • "This lesbian coming of age story set in northern England doesn't seem to have aged a bit"

    The Independent
  • "An instant classic"

    Rosemary Goring, Herald