• Riley's prose is as clear, sharp and sobering as her heroine's tonic water. Bubbles of bitter humour burst and repeat on the reader's tongue

    Daily Telegraph
  • Riley writes with a Woolf-ish exactitude... A brilliant and beautiful novel

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • She is still at her best when she writes - with great verve and invention - about her home town. She takes the rain that covers Manchester like a tent. And transforms it into something beautiful

    Times Literary Supplement
  • A poignant novel of attempted departures... To read Riley is to be trapped inside a consciousness whose self-pity, indulgence and petulance are offset by taut style, wry humour, exactitude of image - a consciousness watching itself

    Anita Sethi, Independent
  • Sharply written...An engaging read


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