Reviews

  • "Few writers give me such consistent pleasure"

    Zadie Smith
  • "She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today"

    Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  • "This beautifully evoked fourth novel is a further example of her talents"

    Rachel Hore, Literary Review
  • "Darkly elegant...Hadley writes with grace and intensity, moving from careful, beautiful delineation of character and place...to moments of haunting power. She is brilliant, too, at offering us different perspectives"

    Financial Times
  • "Tessa Hadley is an understated writer whose concentration on the details of everyday life belies a breathtaking acuity and articulateness... She once again visualizes the monochrome mundanity of ordinary existence in glorious Technicolor... Hadley captures shades of almost imperceptible grey that the reader only recognizes after reading... Hadley shows, with dizzying aplomb, that the distinction between "literary" fiction and the best domestic fiction is spurious."

    Leyla Sani, Independent