• "Intriguing and poignantly written"

    PA Life
  • "A book with such beautiful writing that sometimes I have to stop and taste a sentence a second time"

    Jodi Picoult, Grazia
  • "A wonderful metaphor for the child's sense of things that are never mentioned, and Bender writes with wit, warmth and insight"

    The Times
  • "Quirky, engaging tale of a family endowed with unlikely gifts, the ties that bind people barely conceal the chasms that divide them"

  • "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake has at its heart an intriguing and poignant comment on the perils of childhood ... Bender brilliantly dovetails Rose's condition into a parable of the dangers of knowing too much about people, especially your family ... it is fresh and beautifully written"

    The Sunday Times