• So fresh is Maxwell's wisdom on adolescent insecurities, hesitancies and blind worship that it is hard to imagine that his words are more than half a century old

    Sunday Times
  • A true, beautiful and profoundly poignant novel. It is so good it almost seems miraculous

    New York Times
  • A novel of major quality, the fruit of real engagement with other people and the course of their lives

    Independent on Sunday
  • Few novels have charted the end of boyhood and the coming of adult wisdom as subtly and humanely as Maxwell in this profound, atmospheric work which is as moving as it is shrewd and often funny

    Irish Times

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