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  • This is truly exceptional storytelling, combining a sweeping arc of history with writing that, at sentence level, is near-flawless

    BOOKSELLER
  • Luminous, masterful ... glides seamlessly through the 20th century immersing the reader. Tremendously well-written.

    TELEGRAPH
  • Effortlessly woven... deserves to be savoured slowly

    Katie Law, EVENING STANDARD
  • Accomplished and ambitious... Most novelists have their limits and cut their cloth accordingly. Shipstead is a writer who can vividly summon whatever she chooses, taking the reader deep inside the world she creates.

    FINANCIAL TIMES
  • Whether Shipstead is creating scenes in the Prohibition-era American West, in wartime London, or on a Hollywood movie set, her research is invisible, allowing a fully immersive experience. Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines - but it never falls from the sky.

    KIRKUS
  • Impressive and gripping

    SUNDAY TIMES
  • Books to look forward to in 2021

    GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, NEW STATESMAN
  • Shipstead's breathaking epic of a female aviator is a stunning feat

    PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY
  • Transcendent ... A rolling, roiling epic ... Through the interwoven stories of impetuous flyer Marian Graves and flavor-of-the-month actress Hadley Baxter, Shipstead ponders the motivating forces behind acts of daring defiance, self-fulfilment and self-destruction. An ambitious, soaring saga.

    BOOKLIST
  • Underpinning it all is a reverence for nature, thrumming in the forests of Montana, the jagged peaks of Alaska and the stupefying ice shelves of the Antarctic. Exhilarating, masterful depictions ... invites readers to contemplate both magnitude and majesty

    BOOKPAGE [Starred review]

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