• "Compelling and profoundly moving... This exquisitely written memoir is, literally, a journey into a heart of darkness - a darkness here lit up by beauty and truth"

  • "An exceptional book... A brilliant feat of sympathy and imagination"

    Financial Times
  • "Burnside's prose is a delight...Memoir this good illuminates something larger than itself. It is an exercise in understanding compassion and forgiveness"

    Melanie McGrath, Sunday Telegraph
  • "[An] exquisitely written memoir"

    Paul Bailey, Sunday Times
  • "Destined to become a classic of Scots childhood... A beautiful read, but also a brutal one"

    Scotland on Sunday