• A bleakly powerful ending with a moving, finely contrived element of hope

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Beautifully spare, poetic prose...A haunting book

  • A thoughtful reminder of the wounds of conflict, and the depths of its scars... a clever, innovative, unusual book which is both timeless and timely

  • A well-paced narrative with carefully crafted twists...intensely visual descriptions... Inventive in its form and often profound in its poetry, Symmons Roberts' gripping story is a meditation on the difficulty of forgiveness in wartime

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Symmons Roberts is already a poet of note, and discernibly a poet's book. Short and introspective, it stays in the mind and echoes

    The Times

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