• "It is…the warmth in Longley’s writing that marks his poems out, makes them cherishable. Never forced, that affection is simply there."

    Kate Kellaway, Observer
  • "Longley’s 10th collection weaves his classical themes of war, family and flaura and fauna into measured songs of commemoration for those he has loved."

    Paul McCartney, Sunday Times
  • "A book of tiny, delicately lyrical commemorations and commendations."

  • "The Stairwell…is a stupendous collection of quiet beauty and universal significance."

    Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
  • "The book I have loved best, and have gone back to again and again."

    Adam Nicolson, Evening Standard