• "Dazzling...the panache and subtlety of his prose perfectly match that gusto and creative finesse of the High Victorian world his novel wonderfully evokes"

    Sunday Times
  • "An ingenious novel… O’Connor’s work is hugely impressive and utterly haunting"

    Sunday Mirror
  • "Joseph O’Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient of enjoyment in his extraordinary new novel is stupendous"

    Sebastian Barry
  • "A work of Gothic splendour...O'Connor's writing is always intensely atmospheric. As a romp through Ripper-ravaged London, Shadowplay is mightily entertaining. But as a meditation on hidden sexuality, it is powerful and poignant"

    Literary Review
  • "A rollicking tale… an affecting depiction of artistic and social emancipation… O’Connor’s well-researched theatrical caper offers total immersion in a romantic, lost London... be nourished by a colourful tale of secret love and public performance"

    The Times
  • "There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly, with such sensual density, through such gorgeous sentences. Joseph O’Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph."

    Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize
  • "Gorgeously dark… Shadowplay is an accomplished, compelling read"

  • "Magnificent"

    John Boyne
  • "A hugely entertaining and atmospheric novel, one can almost smell the greasepaint"

    Deborah Moggach
  • "A mesmerising read, meticulously researched, with beautiful prose...O'Connor has the gift of conjuring up any location....Wonderful suspense a la Wilkie Collins"

    Sunday Independent