• "This is a tragic story with not a word wasted, raised to an elegiac level by Phillips's supple, controlled prose"

    Sunday Independent
  • "A subtle and poignant novel... A fine and beautifully nuanced performance"

    Sunday Times
  • "A compassionate portrait of an enigmatic figure... Written with Phillips's trademark understated elegance"

    The Times
  • "Phillips has brilliantly resurrected a bitter-sweet life... Without a doubt Phillips' most accomplished novel"

    Time Out