• "Mr Shute not only writes vividly and excitingly of occupied France, but with a delightful understanding of children"

    Sunday Times
  • "A small masterpiece...a book about frail but indomitable old age, simple kindness, childhood, and courage in dark confusing danger. It is not sentimental but prosaic and suspenseful on every conjures up the country of the 1940's, and gently acclaims the value of ordinary decency in wicked times"

    Libby Purves
  • "A brilliantly descriptive writer, a master of suspense"

    David Holloway
  • "Exhibits his talents at their provocative best"

    New York Times
  • "That shattering, unaffected, literary style of his is wholly, in fact, masterly"

    H.E. Bates