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  • Twenty-five years on from his spectacular debut novel, Ulverton, Thorpe has produced a book that resembles and rivals it… With tremendous flair, Thorpe opens up a vista of present-day middle England.

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, Books of the Year
  • An intricately crafted novel, sharp-eared, current and full of heart.

    Guardian, Books of the Year
  • Missing Fay…presents entwined provincial lives with illuminating precision, its prose textured, its structure intricate… He is alert to every English linguistic twitch, every slippery folk-meme. He’s a writer’s writer, and I wish he were a reader’s writer too.

    Hilary Mantel, Times Literary Supplement
  • Is Thorpe Britain’s most underrated writer? Having just re-read his 1992 classic novel Ulverton, I say he has to be in the running

    John Burnside
  • Thorpe is a master of quiet ironies, of exquisite detailThis is a mysterious, lucent novel, compelling in its tautness, devastating in its wisdom. I hope it wins prizes.

    Philip Womack, Spectator

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