• "A novelist at the height of his powers ... Quietly devastating."

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times
  • "Exquisite."

    Kate Clanchy, Guardian
  • "Emotionally acute, profoundly beautiful, as droll as it is deep... this has to be one of the smartest novels that 2018 has to offer."

    Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
  • "A gentle, bleak, and brilliant novel."

    Jon Day, Financial Times
  • "Immensely powerful."

    Alex Clark, New Statesman
  • "This intense, taut, sad and often beautiful tale may well be Barnes’ best novel for years."

    Lara Feigel, Spectator
  • "A tender and heartbreaking novel."

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • "As quiet and aching and intimate as a James Blake ballad."

    Rupert Goold
  • "A sensitive look at what makes lovers tick."

    Robbie Millen, The Times
  • "A vivid dramatization of the narcissism of obsessive love."