• "Each story has a splash of intense colour at the heart… These are Scottish versions of the stories of Raymond Carver… Burnside writes tough, home-grown prose that inhabits the story form with perfect fit."

    Brian Morton, Independent
  • "A haunting and beautiful collection that deserves to be read slowly and savoured but which you won’t be able to put down."

    Caroline Jowett, Daily Express
  • "Masterly… A spiritual, haunting book."

    Francesca Angelini, Sunday Times
  • "Burnside’s prose glitters."

    Leyla Sanai, Independent on Sunday
  • "Burnside brings a poet’s linguistic precision and emotional acuity… The writer’s deep, bloody engagement with the stuff of life can't fail to leave the reader enlivened, and keen to feel more."

    Hannah McGill, Scotland on Sunday