Reviews

  • "Packs a real emotional punch...Pears, who could not write an ugly sentence if he tried ... His portrait of a family at a time of change is also a lament for a country which is losing its environmental way."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Beautifully understated...A low-key family gathering in the Welsh Marches blossoms into an elegiac meditation on our relationship with the land we inhabit."

    David Robson, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • "'Delightful ... Pears has terrific fun with his cast and is highly skilled at drawing out foibles and grudges"

    James Urquhart, Independent
  • "Very sympathetic, intelligent and moving ... Pears's depiction of enduring married love is beautifully done ... Pears is so adept at the illuminating detail, writes so beautifully of the pleasures of life ... it is a warm and affirmative novel, one which offers incidental joys on every page. It is perhaps the finest book he has written yet."

    Allan Massie, The Scotsman
  • "A thorough examination of nostalgia itself."

    Daily Mail