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  • Art and war collide in this powerful novel... Moving and thought-provoking

    Daily Telegraph
  • An intricately constructed, powerfully written piece: the work of a serious, hard-working novelist in his prime. In the nexus of art, war and flawed humanity, Thorpe has found a thrilling, evanescent beauty

    Sunday Telegraph
  • An elaborately plotted work of formal brilliance and invention...a compelling fiction that memorably portrays the wretchedness of war

    Evening Standard
  • A gem...he enfolds us in the macabre, dust-laden terror of an enemy artillery strike, his imagery so vivid it causes one's throat to constrict

    Literary Review
  • A wholly gripping meditation on the place of art and beauty in a world governed by violence... Beautiful and compelling

    Daily Mail

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