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  • Margaret Forster has the gift of making you care deeply about what happens to her characters

  • This is Forster writing at her very best

    Daily Mail
  • How does it feel to be the mother of a juvenile thug? Or the mother of that thug's hapless victim? It is the pain of such mothers that Margaret Forster explores most brilliantly in her dark, harrowing and extremely topical novel

    Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
  • Forster is remarkably honest, skilful and perceptive

  • Margaret Forster has a remarkable gift for taking huge social issues and welding them into minutely observed human dramas that are perfect portraits of the way we live now...The story grips and the heart bleeds for these good mothers who are, like all mothers, never good enough

    Polly Toynbee, Sunday Express

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