Reviews

  • "If you believe English fiction is jaded, you must read Adam Thorpe... Tender, precise, tragicomic and unsentimental."

    Hilary Mantel, Independent on Sunday
  • "We arent used to the many deep matters Thorpe touches on, not to such a thorough grasp of the complex nature of our rural past, and through it, of all existence itself... Suddenly English lives again"

    John Fowles, Guardian
  • "These stories sing like psalms, robust and vibrant - a poet's novel and a celebration that no social historian would dare attempt"

    Observer
  • "A superb and moving meditation on history, fate and the nature of time, Ulverton is at once a traditional fiction and a wholly successful testing of the limits of literary art"

    John Banville
  • "Spanning three centuries and encompassing a startling variety of lives, this debut novel from poet Adam Thorpe is nothing less than a bravura performance... With Ulverton, Thorpe has woven his own enticing 'secret web'. This is no mere promising first novel, but a major work, heralding a brillant new voice in British fiction"

    Washington Post