• "Enthralling... A spectacular tale told with spectacular accomplishment"

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, *Books of the Year*
  • "[An] astonishing tale… The main narrative is told in a pressing, insistent present tense and Hertmans conjures up the medieval world with the same sensuous detailing that was so effective in War and Turpentine… tense and compelling… The Covert is…extraordinarily good"

    Sunday Times
  • "Written in an often breathless, continuous present tense, Hamoutal’s experiences are visualised following Herman’s own groudbreaking researches… David McKay’s translation from the Flemish is as brilliant as it is frequently brutal, and intermittently lyrical"

    Jewish Chronicle