• "[A] modest little book, well on its way to becoming a modern classic."

    John Campbell, Independent
  • "Rich, satisfying, warm and utterly vivid"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "A wonderful book... [Her] history is acutely visual... The book is a masterpiece of miniaturist history"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "This is history at its most interesting and compelling"

    Sunday Express
  • "No other living foreign writer has gone deeper into the psyche of rural France"