• "A survival story with great atmosphere… Endlessly fascinating"

  • "This moving and profound novel is perfectly constructed, and admirable in its configurations of place and period"

  • "He has reaffirmed the importance of character in the novel; his Anna and Hartmann are as real, as moving and convincing as Anna Karenina and Vronsky or Colette's Cheri and Lea. It is a novel to cherish and delight in"

  • "I would urge those who appreciated John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman to try this one; they will not be disappointed. They might well think it superior"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "[A] story of restrained emotions played out in a period setting among picturesque locations... Faulks gives every sign of being a real novelist, who thinks and feels through the written word"