• Brilliant … The ending is thrilling and unexpected, though nothing is beyond belief in this beautifully constructed, illuminating novel.

  • A brilliant book … The sights and sounds, the physical impact of bedraggled play-acting, are unforgettable. And the strange birth of modern drama, on a cart carrying dirty costumes and a corpse, is memorably exciting.

    John Mortimer, Mail on Sunday
  • Wonderfully vivid … this bleakly glittering novel … adds to its already impressive array of attractions the pace, suspense and twisty unexpectedness of a gripping detective tale.

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • From the first, vital sentence, Unsworth’s medieval drama grips the reader’s attention … exquisite.

    Daily Telegraph

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