• A sad, funny, utterly fascinating book about families, home and how to say goodbye

    Mark Haddon
  • [A] finespun, magical new grief memoir... a beautifully structured book... Klein is a witty observer, even in the case of her own sorrow, which she rifles through and puzzles over with wry candour. Desolation and humour are expertly balanced throughout... I suppose it is strange that grief should produce such a life-affirming book, but it has. Read it for the solace it contains, or for its captivating descriptions. Either way, it's a delight.

    Lucy Davies, The Telegraph
  • A luminous book, full of light and colour, and a remarkable reflection on childhood and untold stories

    Edmund de Waal
  • Original, moving and bracingly honest... often hilarious... Each room has particular memories for Klein. And her journey through them is also a psychological quest, an attempt to understand how the house shaped her personality and whether she can ever get free of her attachment

    Blake Morrison, Guardian
  • Enthralling... a fascinating exploration of the influence of a domestic setting on mind and spirit, as well as of a fraught father-daughter relationship

    Christina Hardyment, The Times

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