• "Maxwell does something all great novelists do: he conjures depths of pain and regret in words of radiant simplicity"

  • "As you read They Came Like Swallows, you catch yourself from time to time being astonished at how tightly you're gripping the pages… There isn't a word that has dated. It could have been written yesterday, or tomorrow"

  • "A story of such engaging warmth that it would thaw the heart of any critic… Will melt many a reader to tears"

  • "As the voices of Austen, Turgenev and Tolstoy have survived, so will Maxwell's"

    The Times