• Its portrayal of the tightening vice of alcohol addiction is unparalleled. But its profound exploration of its love, companionship, faith, work and our search for meaning in life made it a tender masterpiece, and one of the year’s essential reads.

    Justine Jordan, Guardian, **Books of the Year**
  • MacLaverty doesn’t publish novels very often but when he does they are outstanding.

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, **Books of the Year**
  • A gem of a novel.

    Allan Hunter, Herald Scotland, **Books of the Year**
  • Alive with utterly convincing actuality, this affecting, funny and acute book is a triumph of quiet masterliness.

    Peter Kemp, Herald Scotland, **Books of the Year**
  • It's an immersive and astonishing book.

    Jackie Kay, Herald Scotland, **Books of the Year**

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