• "an ambitious, beautifully written novel"

    Reading Matters
  • "Thoughtful, intelligent and intensely lyrical, Five Bells is likely to consolidate an already considerable literary reputation"

  • "A story peopled by achingly real characters, memorably related in delicate, ornate prose, and throbbing with loss"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Jones's writing has the intensity of a dream, and the pattern she makes of the characters' lives is beautiful, managing to combine tension with lyricism"

    The Times
  • "An intense, poetic tale"

    Financial Times