• A beautiful read, on every level

    Independent on Sunday
  • Like the great 19th-century novelists of provincial life, Mary Lawson is fluent in the desperate intensity of the small, individual dramas of respectable people - and she paints an eloquent picture

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Evokes beautifully the big joys and sorrows of most people, no matter how small their town

    The Times
  • Discreetly powerful

    Daily Telegraph
  • This is a fine book - an enthralling read, both straightforward and wonderfully intricate


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