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  • A masterful contemporary exponent of the genre. Simpson now deserves to be compared with Flannery O'Connor and Alice Munro

    Robert McCrum, Observer
  • Simpson's use of language is remarkable: she handles prose with the risky precision of a trapeze artist, swooping and tumbling through empty air, seeming certain at moments to succumb to whimsy or sentimentality but at the last moment recovering her grasp on the deftly constructed framework of her narratives. It's a virtuoso performance; its effect on the reader both consoling and exhilarating

    Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
  • She is a virtuoso... Briskly melancholic, dazzlingly pertinent short stories about women's lives and how they survive

    Sunday Times
  • Subtle, emotional, humorous, painful and acute... It's a small masterpiece

  • The brilliance of the conceits and the complex economy that shapes the best of these tales, match and surpass any of Helen Simpson's earlier writing

    Stevie Davies, Guardian

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