• An extraordinary, charming novel... Williams pins a whole, rich life to the page

    The Times
  • Poignant, perfectly paced... a beautifully nuanced work

    Eithne Farry, Mail on Sunday
  • Williams's satisfying novel animates a fascinating history and imbues it with a feminist slant, asking how words mean different things to men and women

    Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times
  • A gorgeous, unique read

  • An enchanting story about love, loss and the power of language, what gets recorded and what gets forgotten. Set at a time when women's voices were clamouring more than ever to be heard, it moved me greatly to think how history is skewed by those who hold power -- and how important it is that novels like this redress that balance

    Elizabeth Macneal, author or The Doll Factory
  • A brilliant book about women and words - tender, moving and profound

    Jacqueline Wilson
  • What a novel of words, their adventure and their capacity to define and, above all, challenge the world. There will not be this year a more original novel published. I just know it

    Thomas Keneally
  • I absolutely loved this book! Thought-provoking, touching and subtly romantic; I finished it in tears

    Katie Fforde
  • This charming, inventive, and utterly irresistible novel is the story we all need right now. Words have never mattered more, as Pip Williams illuminates in her unforgettable debut

    Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost and Found Bookshop
  • What a compelling, fresh look at historical women! Lyrically written... This marvellous exploration into the ways in which spoken and written language impact us is a delight and an education

    Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

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