• "Crammed with details of Victorian life, the first book in Bennett's trilogy about a Potteries family examines how one man, Edwin Clayhanger, is shaped by class, geography and ties of blood."

  • "Arnold Bennett writes marvelously on the stuff of life"

    New York Times
  • "For Bennett...compassion is not soggy. It involves understanding. The core of his writing is psychological truth, clinically observed, crisply reported"

    Sunday Times