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  • 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
  • A triumph ... Ryan slowly and beautifully reveals the way that even broken people can open the door fully to the truth of themselves

    Independent, Best Books of 2020
  • 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
  • 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
  • The lyricism of Ryan's prose, laced with compassion, is astonishing

    Best Irish Novels of the Year, Irish Independent

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