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  • You have in your hands a masterpiece

    Frances Wilson, Sunday Times
  • The book not only of the year, but of the decade... A quite enchanting book, to be kept and reread by as many generations as it describes

    Michael Howard, TLS
  • Elegant. Modest. Tragic. Homeric.

    Stephen Frears, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • The most brilliant book I've read for years... A rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human

    Bettany Hughes, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
  • A complex and beautiful book

    Diana Athill, Literary Review

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