• Illness, regret, recovery, loss: it's our times in another key. We watch as ordinary lives take an extraordinary turn — the flu felling some and sparing others, and laying bare their emotional lives as it goes

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

    Anthony Quinn, Observer
  • 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

    Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
  • 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

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