• "What makes Petterson’s storytelling so mesmerising is his measured, gentle restraint"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "Written with humour and great clarity, it’s a short but strikingly memorable read"

    A Life in Books
  • "A small book that packs a punch"

    Michael North, Independent on Sunday
  • "Shot through with a tender, nostalgic quality"

    David Evans, Financial Times
  • "This debut outing (from 1987) by the Norwegian novelist tells a tale of childhood c.1960 with tender, bittersweet poignancy"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent