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  • 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.


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