• "England's prose has the tough, spare elegance of steel scaffolding. His vocabulary is wide, and used with arresting precision. The speed of the narrative is impeccably controlled – long slogs over country, moments of blind panic, passages of demoralizing inactivity, hair-raising evasions, all building up to a central set-piece in a burning field... A brilliant achievement"

    The Times
  • "Shocked through with dramatic tension"

    Irish Times
  • "Outstanding … I doubt if there has been a more impressive debut since William Golding’s"

    Daily Telegraph