• "Social, political and physical labyrinth."

    Evening Standard
  • "Satisfying . . . agreeably sardonic."

    Daily Mail
  • "One of the great imaginative creations in English literature"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "An unadulterated delight"

  • "Rich and satisfying"

    Lindsay Duguid, Sunday Times
  • "A tour de force of literary technique, a treasure house of diligent research and imaginative ingenuity"

    Jane Shilling, Telegraph
  • "Wonderfully entertaining"

    Michael Holroyd, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • "Her feeling for the spirit of the times is triumphant"

    Charlotte Moore, Spectator
  • "A rich, glowing portrait"

    Daisy Hay, Observer
  • "Her characters laugh, cry, plot and flounder so convincingly that they take up residence in your head and refuse to go away"

    Mary Crockett, Scotland on Sunday