• The originality, power and sheer prolificacy of Parks's production makes the work of his British contemporaries appear trite... His prose can be sparse and lucid, or almost manically convoluted, although beyond the fierce and questioning intelligence are both humour and artfully constructed and invariably gripping plots... In other words it's a big, easily readable book - though with a solidly intellectual core - more than ripe for big prizes

    Independent on Sunday
  • A brave book...he shows with this novel, he intimately understands the Western condition, its complexity and fragility

    Nirpal Dhaliwal, Evening Standard
  • Enormously powerful... fiercely intelligent... a gripping and ambiguous novel

    The Times
  • A rapidly unfolding mystery that hints at suicide, murder and madness, and builds to a wrenching climax... haunting and accomplished... The finale is unexpected and terrifying

  • In the tradition of British writing about India, this novel is a rich, unexpected variation, and a considerable addition

    Amit Chaudhuri, Financial Times

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