• "One of the best English novelists of our time"

    Alan Massie, Wall Street Journal
  • "One of our best and truest novelists"

    The Times
  • "Eight nuggets of pure, bold storytelling"

    Holly Kyte, Sunday Telegraph
  • "In each story Shakespeare brilliantly transports us to other places, times, cultures and communities, but for all their differentness and exotic heat and dust, in essence they are places we know only too well"

    Katie Law, Evening Standard
  • "Shakespeare captures this historical moment beautifully and in elegant prose...It's a fascinating story... skilfully told. It is also timely. Because the story Shakespeare tells resonates so deeply with current tensions it is weightier than its length might suggest."

    Praise for the story 'Oddfellows', The Saturday Paper