• "[A] marvellous novel"

    Carmen Callil, Financial Times
  • "Doyle has created a little masterwork, a gem of persuasive realism"

    Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday
  • "An intoxicating sequel...a phenomenally rewarding read"

    Euan Ferguson, Observer
  • "Paula is a triumphantly original character, and her gently anarchic sense of humour, her ruthless honesty and the bursting sense of fun that permeates the book scotch any hint of sentimentalism. Doyle constructs his set-pieces and orders the narrative with a craft so unobtrustively elegant and clever that it demands a second reading. This is a splendid piece of work"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "[A] magnificent achievement"