• "There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly, with such sensual density, through such gorgeous sentences. Joseph O’Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph."

    Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize
  • "Joseph O’Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient of enjoyment in his extraordinary new novel is stupendous"

    Sebastian Barry
  • "Wonderful. The writing is beautiful."

    Derek Jacobi
  • "A hugely entertaining and atmospheric novel, one can almost smell the greasepaint"

    Deborah Moggach
  • "A thrilling novel, exquisitely contrived to show the characters whose loves and lives inspired Dracula. A great tribute, and a work of art. Deeply affecting."

    Essie Fox