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  • It is the triumph of this novel that Doyle - entirely without condescension - shows the inner life of this battered housewife to be the same stuff as that of the heroes of the great novels of Europe

    Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review
  • In feeling the pulse of a raw Dublin suburb, Doyle is recording a beat that can be recognised all over the world

    The Times
  • This new novel is Roddy Doyle's best to date. I cannot recall any writer who has better captured the vulnerability and courage of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage

    Cork Examiner
  • Even more mesmerizing than his prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    Daily Mail
  • Impassioned, dignified and richly humane

  • His best work yet

    The Times
  • Compulsively readable

    Financial Times

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