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  • Remarkable… The story of a troubled young woman trying to make her way in England during the early years of the twentieth century... A novel of acute psychological empathy and understanding

    William Boyd, New York Times
  • A richly atmospheric tale with a bleak glimpse of the empire

    Jeffrey Burke, Mail on Sunday
  • A View of the Empire at Sunset is a sympathetic and powerful portrait of an outcast…as well as a searing indictment of the empire

    Mail Online UK
  • [Phillips is] a lyrical, transporting stylist and his focus on Gwen’s displacement has profound thematic resonance

    Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times
  • A View of the Empire at Sunset quietly but powerfully articulates the social and global forces that shaped such a woman

    Sophie Oliver, Times Literary Supplement

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