Reviews

  • A girl's own adventure...This is Rachel Joyce's best book yet ...Exciting, moving and full of unexpected turns... surely this is the one that will propel the intrepid Joyce off the long and shortlists into prizewinning territory.

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
  • A joy of a novel, with real insight into the lives of women, the value of friendship and the lasting effects of war

    Katy Guest, Guardian
  • Joyce's characters are so charmingly eccentric that they could have leapt straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Enid is a comedic masterpiece, effervescent and brimming with life.
    This exhilarating story will scoop you up and carry you along to a dizzying crescendo. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship and of women who refuse to be defined by the labels cast upon them in drab 1950s Britain. Funny, wise, and utterly life-affirming

    Daily Express
  • A life-affirming, joyously escapist picaresque tale

    Sunday Times
  • This glorious novel is as much about second chances, heartfelt friendships and emotional courage as it is about trekking through dangerous terrain.

    Sunday Express
  • A glorious novel about second chances, heartfelt friendships and emotional courage.

    Daily Mirror
  • BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER 2020: uplifting

    Stylist
  • Rachel Joyce created an unforgettable character with Harold Fry and she's done it again with Margery Benson ... Hilarious

    Good Housekeeping
  • A sparkling new take on the concept of changing your life on a whim ... a standout, special read.

    The Lady
  • A clear-eyed, unsparing view of regret, failure, loss, & the cost that life exacts from so many, countered with a belief in the resilience of human spirit & the possibility of second chances.

    Stephanie Merritt, Observer

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