• "Throbs with a very Victorian sense of geologies, pre-histories and even astronomy; you can feel the planet moving under the feet"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Inimitably brooding style"

    The Times
  • "Besides my complete identification with its heroine, I loved the sheer relentless power of the writing."

    Maeve Haran, Independent
  • "Splendid"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "The Return of the Native is . . . thoughtful, valedictory, poetic, tinged with the somberness of an uncertainty which seems to well up from the depths of the author's own subconscious . . . Hardy's sense of the tragic life of human beings, mere small fragments of consciousness in a vast uncaring universe, comes directly from his own youthful awareness of the place and circumstances described in the novel."

    John Bayley