Reviews

  • "With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s <b>one of the greatest stylists alive</b>… her quietly elegant style and muted wit are <b>triumphs</b>… the everyday tragedies and betrayals of domestic life [are] rendered by Hadley’s prose into something <b>extraordinary</b>… The tone of <i>Late in the Day</i> is <b>perhaps Hadley’s most delicate accomplishment</b>."

    Washington Post
  • "<b>Tessa Hadley is one of your finest writers</b>… [she] approaches her subjects with the sort of attention to detail that a Dutch Golden Age master might bring to a jug and a bowl of fruit… <b>Hadley is the real deal.</b>"

    The Times
  • "<b>There may be no historical newness to women’s disenchantment with male authority, but it feels new to write about it with this much raw honesty</b>… It’s to her great credit that Hadley manages to be old-fashioned and modernist and brilliantly postmodern all at once… Unlocking age-old mysteries in ways both revelatory and inevitable. <b>We’ve seen this before, and we’ve never seen this before, and it’s spectacular</b>."

    New York Times
  • "<b>Like all Hadley’s novels, <i>Late in the Day</i> enthrals. </b>"

    Tatler
  • "Tessa Hadley picks apart the stitches of marriage, friendship and self with an almost forensic curiosity [in <i>Late in the Day</i>], <b>cementing her place as one of Britain's finest writers of contemporary fiction</b>."

    Vogue
  • "Hadley examines profound areas of life – friendship, marriage, parenthood, grief, love – with <b>a delightful precision, hitting different nails on the head over and over again</b>… Her novel is full of these piercing little moments of revelation… [because of] the crispness of Hadley’s narrative, and the wisdom of her observations: <b>you trust her</b>… [<i>Late in the Day</i> has] <b>a touch of genius</b>."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "<b>A real triumph</b>… <b>a very fine novel</b>."

    Radio 4, Saturday Review
  • "[Hadley] is a <b>gifted anatomist of human relationships</b>... Her particular <b>genius lies in the elegance and precision </b>with which she captures the fleeting emotion, the passing, indefinable perception or tiny epiphany."

    Wall Street Journal
  • "Hadley’s fiction — both long and short — has, <b>with a delicious, detached clarity</b>, observed the shape of relationships: their unconventionality, their transgressions.<b> She is a superb stylist</b>, with none of the pretensions that have latterly been attached to such a term: dispassionate, yet voluptuous in her prose."

    Financial Times