• Here is love as a weapon and a balm. Love as faith, fate and redemption ... a gorgeously wrought book - compassionate without dissolving into nostalgia

  • Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving

    David Nicholls
  • His moving story of love and loss deserves to win a host of awards. It's an outstanding read

    Sunday Express
  • I think you have to truly love people to write like this

    Rachel Joyce
  • A triumph of quiet but devastating power, by some distance the best novel I've read so far this year

    Joseph O'Connor
  • Tender and beautifully written ... We read this outstanding book in one sitting and will definitely return to it again

  • A big-hearted, beautiful work of art, full of truth and intensity

    Kit de Waal
  • Classic Ryan; poignant and atmospheric storytelling ... quiet but intermittently explosive

  • I knew Donal Ryan's latest would be good and I was right - it's a risky act of imagination that works, and the sentences are as beautiful as ever

    Sarah Moss, The Times
  • With each new novel Donal Ryan's ink seems to sink deeper into the page. In Strange Flowers he gathers together the fragments of broken lives and makes us something new and beautiful from them

    Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul

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