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  • An original and affecting coming-of-age novel ... Snaith's clear-eyed depiction of estate life at the turn of the millennium resists cliches

    The Observer
  • Written in clear yet multi-layered prose ... a vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship, dealing with pain, grief and coming-of-age in a single-parent family. While those big themes pervade, it’s the minutiae of life in Ravine’s and Amma’s flat that bring welcome humour, like her descriptions of Amma in her sari and white trainers, cleaned daily with vinegar and lemon ... It’s an original, heartfelt read that will appeal as much to children of the nineties and noughties as it will readers of any age excited by a new British talent.

  • Snaith has a delightfully fresh voice and vividly conveys the claustrophobic nature of Ravine's situation as the mystery of what happened ten years earlier is gradually revealed.

    Daily Mail, Fanny Blake
  • Definitely worth squeezing into your hand luggage... one of the most brilliant summer beach reads ... a promising debut

  • A powerful debut ... told with warmth and humanity, this is a novel that shines because the characters feel so human and their plights feel so real


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