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  • An astonishing novel: ambitious, pithy, beautifully written and - above all - brave enough to tackle the great, public issues of our century without pity, prurience or maudlin sentiment

  • A potent and ambitious fiction, a joy to read, and perhaps its authors best work to date

    Scotland on Sunday
  • Phillips is a cool stylist whose intricately structured work builds with a slow-burning, emotional power, and here is some of his finest writing to date

  • An extraordinarily perceptive and intelligent novel, and a haunting one

    New York Times

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