• "Remarkable… The story of a troubled young woman trying to make her way in England during the early years of the twentieth century... A novel of acute psychological empathy and understanding"

    New York Times
  • "A richly atmospheric tale with a bleak glimpse of the empire"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "A View of the Empire at Sunset is a sympathetic and powerful portrait of an outcast…as well as a searing indictment of the empire"

    Mail Online UK
  • "[Phillips is] a lyrical, transporting stylist and his focus on Gwen’s displacement has profound thematic resonance"

    Sunday Times
  • "A View of the Empire at Sunset quietly but powerfully articulates the social and global forces that shaped such a woman"

    Times Literary Supplement