• "A. S. Byatt's three-tale sequence hits the imagination's retina with all the vibrant splatter of an exploding paintbox... Everywhere, scenes sizzle with chromatic intensity"

    Sunday Times
  • "Full of delight and humor...The Matisse Stories is studded with brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of conversation and emotion"

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • "A writer of dazzling inventiveness"

  • "Brilliant... Byatt's fiction, like Matisse's art, pays close attention to colours and contours of surfaces, then probes beneath them to reveal further suprises"

  • "Exquisite triptych... The Matisse Stories is richly drawn and touches upon things that matter to people"