• "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
  • "A virtuoso act of literary ventriloquism. Shadowplay is funny, smart, tender, wise and written with inch-perfect precision"

    Colum McCann
  • "One of the best writers working today"

    Alice Walker
  • "Joseph O'Connor is the only writer I know who can make you laugh and cry in the same sentence."

    Lawrence Norfolk
  • "As fascinating and memorable as anything O'Connor has done. The writing, too, as thrilling as ever. A great writer performing Olympian literary storytelling."

    Sir Bob Geldof