Reviews

  • One of the best novels of 2016.

    Ron Charles, Washington Post
  • I find Tessa Hadley’s work genuinely helpful, especially when it comes to the big subjects: love and marriage, the political versus the personal, children, friendship. And then there are the sentences themselves, so precise and beautiful, often sly, sometimes devastating, always expertly paced. Few writers give me such consistent pleasure.

    Zadie Smith
  • She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A new Tessa Hadley is a pleasure to be savoured… The Past is a hugely enjoyable and keenly intelligent novel, brimming with the vitality of unruly desire.

    Sameer Rahim, four stars, Daily Telegraph
  • Hadley is an exquisite writer, with a fine eye for detail and a way of crafting sentences that make you stop and inhale

    The Times

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