• "Direct, evocative, erotic and tinged with sadness. What more should poetry be?"

  • "De Bernieres captures with quiet assurance that Cavafy music of resigned, sensual sadness as lovers depart, gods retreat and dynasties collapse"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • "Delightful"

    Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday
  • "Love dominates ... we are told the truth about love – even when it is awkward or lacking ... the rum enthusiasm fuelling this collection endears it to the reader"

    Kate Kellaway, Guardian
  • "Today the culture of Greece may be facing a new crisis, but many will welcome de Bernières’s revisiting of the “miracle period""

    Margaret Reynold, The Times