• A macabre but unforgettable tale

    John Boyne, Guardian
  • Darkly impressive

    The Times
  • Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable

    Sunday Times
  • An extremely assured, technically adept and compelling piece of work

  • A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery - and irresistibly readable...The effect achieved by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensuous touch is that of magic realism - a transfiguration of the ordinary that has far stronger retinal and visceral impact than the flabby surrealism of so many experimental novels

    New York Review of Books

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