Reviews

  • "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**
  • "[An] intense, emotionally vivid portrait of an elderly couple’s relationship in crisis."

    James Marriott, The Times, **Books of the Year**
  • "A marriage under strain after 40 years? A mini-break marred by bitter cold weather? An escapist dream that’s about to be nixed by reality? Gloomy though it sounds, this warm, intimate portrait of ageing love is one of the wittiest, wisest novels of the year."

    Mail on Sunday, **Books of the Year**
  • "Midwinter Break is a work of extraordinary emotional precision and sympathy, about coming to terms - to an honest reckoning - with love and the loss of love, with memory and pain. Full of scenes that are rendered with exquisite accuracy and care, allowing the most detailed physical descriptions to be placed against the possibility of a rich spiritual life, this is a novel of great ambition by an artist at the height of his powers."

    Colm Tóibín
  • "A quiet, brilliantly written novel that packs a tremendous punch."

    Penelope Lively
  • "An artist with a subtle feel for the ordinary, MacLaverty’s wry, outstanding novel about the tests that time, age and life impose on love resonates with humanity and emotional intelligence."

    Eileen Battersby, Financial Times