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  • Adam Thorpe's novel is richly enjoyable on many prior knowledge of the Robin Hood legend is necessary to appreciate the lustrous prose, the humanity and the exuberant inventiveness of this strange and lovely book

    Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph
  • Extraordinary narrative...gripping and unrelenting in its remarkable portrayal of the underside of medieval who reads this will think of Robin Hood and his merry men in quite the same way again

    Allan Massie, The Scotsman
  • A fascinating and complex novel - as remarkable in its way as Ulverton

    Henry Power, Times Literary Supplement
  • A testament to Thorpe's talent as a storyteller... Medieval England, in all its brutality, is brought vividly to life by Thorpe's insight and impressive scholarship

    Francesca Segal, Observer
  • A tour de force around an elusive thirteenth-century figure who may, or may not, have been the original fantasy Robin Hood we think we know and love. Let's hope this year's Booker lot are up to estimating this wonderfully subtle and layered book at its true worth

    Gillian Tindall, Literary Review

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