• "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