• 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

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