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  • Forster's style is easy and unpretentious. In a brief paragraph she can create a character we care about, a story we long to see resolved

    Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday
  • Few authors share Margaret Forster's extraordinary ability to transform the ordinary day-to-day activities of unremarkable people into compelling fiction

    Daily Mail
  • A fine novel... an inspired reflection on the redemptive potential of art

    Mail on Sunday
  • The characters are fully developed and differentiated...there is harrowing emotional insight; it also contains elements of real comedy

    Matthew Dennison, The Times
  • Her historical skills are, as always, matched by her marvellous empathy... A finely crafted novel

    Sunday Times

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