• "Margaret Forster has always had the enviable gift of making her characters spring to life, and both Isa and May do just that"

    Allan Massie, The Scotsman
  • "A deliciously observed, dilemma-and-drama-packed read"

    Helen Brown, Daily Mail
  • "A compelling story, sometimes funny, sometimes painfully sad... All family life is here, messy, insistent and, as the author convincingly shows, as essential as breathing"

    Penny Perrick, Sunday Times
  • "A sensitive and intelligent novel with passages of beautifully modulated pathos, while being in part, hugely funny"

    Matthew Dennison, The Times
  • "[Forster] has written so brilliantly about female relationships...she can encapsulate a whole scene in a single sentence... [A] whole rich, fascinating novel"

    Kate Saunders, Literary Review