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  • 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

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