Reviews

  • "Courageous . . . memorable . . . so moving that one wonders why as a society we are so much more eager to hear about young love than old . . . it is incidental moments that remain vivid in memory once the book is closed, small glimpses of unsuspected inner lives."

    Guardian
  • "This novel firmly establishes Barney as one of the most insightful and attuned writers of his generation. He negotiates all the huge and hugely important themes - love, family, loss, conflict, pain, the storm-blown paths we all travel - with such grace and absolute empathy. It's a life-affirming, beautiful and achingly poignant book."

    Donal Ryan
  • "Deeply moving . . . readers would do well to make the acquaintance of Barney Norris, who has the potential to become a hugely significant novelist in the decades ahead."

    John Boyne
  • "Norris handles his themes – loneliness, regret, reconciliation – with great sensitivity’"

    The Observer
  • "Utterly convincing...profound and elegiac"

    Daily Mail
  • "Remember the name Barney Norris. He's a new writer in his mid-twenties, but already outstanding."

    The Times
  • "Everything he writes about love, loss, grief, desolation and moments of hope and illumination rings absolutely true. It's the real stuff."

    Michael Frayn
  • "Barney Norris is a rare and precious talent"

    Evening Standard

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