• Perfectly captures the breathless excitement of adolescent passion

    Sarah Waters
  • A remarkable novel which is unique in its presentation of the female mind and emotions in teachers and pupils at a girls' school. It has a strange combination of strength and delicacy

    The Times
  • It is the story of an overheated emotional glasshouse, of an awakening and febrile yearnings, of the anguished decoding of tiny signals of intention from the beloved, of fervid alliances and bitter jealousies between two factions of girls, and the falling out of the two teachers they adore, with a shattering conclusion

  • The chapter from Dorothy Strachey's Olivia, which deals with the well-worn topic of a schoolgirl's love for her teacher, seems fresh and beautifully done

    Julie Burchill, Sunday Times
  • A narrative of sheer emotion... Olivia achieves the purity of classic tragedy

    New York Times Book Review

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