Reviews

  • "Exquisite craftsmanship"

    Guardian
  • "An exquisite novel about four sisters living though a turbulent decade, during the Forties and Fifties, I'd put it in the 10 greatest books of the 20th century"

    David Mitchell, Daily Express
  • "A complex, detailed and agreeably gossipy book...The author's obvious nostalgia for this vanished world does not prevent him from looking objectively at its darker side and this, together with his artful blend of the exotic and the mundane, creates an absorbing and richly textured story"

    Sunday Times
  • "A subtle, moving novel"

    The Times
  • "A classic novel of a whole country about to turn on the terrible hinge of the war into modernity; its tone is elegiac and bleak"

    Observer