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  • Astoundingly good... This dramatic, moving story demands you put your life on hold until it is finished

  • Shakespeare is interested in grand themes: love, vocation, politics and the corrupting power of moral and ideological absolutes... The Dancer Upstairs will be enjoyed by any kind of reader... It is enviably good, a genuinely fine novel from a writer who possesses real heart and flair

    Sunday Times
  • In addition to being a satisfyingly rich tale or romance this is a highly intelligent examination of Peruvian - and South American - reality... Funny and devastating... I was riveted by this superb novel

    New Statesman
  • As cracking a story as any yarn, as informed as any journalism, and delivered with firmness and urgency

    The Times
  • A crackling good yarn...Graham Greene meets Gabriel García Márquez

    Evening Standard

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