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  • AL Kennedy is almost unique among British novelists for her ability to write fiction that is at once challengingly experimental, luminously beautiful and utterly readable. It helps that she is fiercely observant and very funny... If you want a guide to the rough contradictions of the heart, AL Kennedy is your woman

    Jane Shilling, Evening Standard
  • An amazing conception, one that will make you want to turn back and start again the moment you have finished... the writing is as taught and thrilling as Kennedy's prose always is and there is her usual wry laughter chuckling within it all

    Joan Bakewell, New Statesman
  • This is a masterful novel, imaginatively crafted, shaped by big, precisely articulated emotion

    The Times
  • Kennedy is a fine stylist and single passages are exquisite

    Financial Times
  • Offers the pleasures of a work in which form and content dovetail with extraordinary skill, and in which narrative tricks are utilised to enlarge on the theme of deception rather than for the sake of tricksiness itself

    Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times

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