• The hardest thing about the advent of a new collection of stories by A L Kennedy... is the search for synonyms for 'brilliant'. Her uncanny dialogue is as note-perfect as J D Salinger's her vision as astutely bleak as Alice Munro's, and her ability to summon up a society in a few strokes rivals William Trevor's

  • A first-rate collection

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A.L.Kennedy really dazzles, yet again, in her exceptional new collection

    Independent on Sunday
  • Kennedy's new stories continue the courageous anatomy of emotional pain that has always been at the centre of her writing. Sometimes stomach churning, bleak and humorous in turn, she is rightly viewed as one of the most brilliant and eccentric writers of her generation

    Ruth Scurr, The Times
  • If you are at all interested in contemporary fiction, this is work you must not miss

    Richard Ford

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