• "Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable."

    Truman Capote
  • "There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written"

    Sunday Times
  • "No one ever forgets this book"

  • "One of the best novels I remember ... uniquely unsentimental"

  • "Her book is lifted … into the rare company of those that linger in the memory"