• "Visceral, passionate, sylvan...anti-hypocrisy, anti-repression..dealing with love, death, with young people with everything before them, dealt a cruelly stacked hand... Hardy reaches deeper, into our wildest recesses. In a safe world, he speaks to our animal side."

    Evening Standard
  • "To no tragic novelist do we surrender more completely at the of the most compassionate of all feel a kind of agony of helpless tenderness in the writer for all troubled souls"

    The Times
  • "Hardy may have been born in 1840 shortly after Victoria came to the throne, but he speaks to the 20th century rather than the 19th."

  • "A classic outsider novel. An anthem to misery."

    Katy Guest, The Independent