• "As the characters battle for possession of Christabel, Margaret Forster catches every note and nuance of good intention, misplaced motive and downright selfishness-a remarkable achievement"

    Financial Times
  • "Forster has the essential capacity to see everyone's point of view... In that territory of dread and reconciliation which is the family, Forster reigns supreme"

  • "Enticingly written-a compelling read"

    Time Out
  • "Motherhood is taken out, held up to the light and given a vigorous shaking-a book with impact"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Poignant, impeccably written-especially heart-rending because it is so believable"