• "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