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  • [A] remarkable tale...drawing chilling parallels to the inequalities of our time... A book that is both a heartfelt outpouring of pity and sorrow and an irate demand for restitution... Oh Happy Day deserves to be called Dickensian.

    Peter Conrad, Observer
  • Fascinating... [Oh Happy Day] evokes echoes of the present in speaking about the past, as all great works of history do. It's a gripping narrative.

    Erica Wagner, Harper's Bazaar
  • Oh Happy Day gives a voice to the voiceless and adds another major work to Carmen Callil's formidable achievements.

    Brenda Niall, Australian Book Review
  • Oh Happy Day is a phenomenal achievement... The book covers great swathes of history... These are intriguing stories.

    Dani Garavelli, Herald Scotland
  • An absorbing account of empire, migration, the poverty of injustice and enduring love... The book bristles with Callil's righteous anger at the injustices meted out to her forbears, and at the parallels for our own times.

    Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

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