• "A remarkable and brilliant work of fiction...the imaginative power of the novel is astounding, the technical virtuosity and structural daring equally so"

    The Times
  • "This altogether admirable novel serves, as all literature should, the forces of subversion. It is a worthy companion to The French Lieutenant's Woman, which does the same thing, but bolder in its experimentation and hence more notable as an artistic achievement"

    Anthony Burgess, Observer
  • "Compelling and passionate fiction... Fowles's darting imagination skims across the landscape of two and a half centuries"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Brilliant and compelling...he deploys his usual seductive narrative gifts to great effect"