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  • Nightshade is a glorious novel... full of twisted sexuality, art and power, about what it means to commit yourself entirely to the artistic life. The book's ending is unforgettable.

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • Brilliant and biting.

    Harriet Fitch Little, Financial Times
  • The drama of creation, of impending triumph or failure, and the expert rendering of the artistic process, all lift the novel to a new level...McAfee’s prose is lyrical yet sharp… the novel fascinates…and Nightshade’s questions continue to intrigue.

    Joanna Briscoe, Guardian
  • McAfee’s engaging novel combines a dark plot with a zestful skewering of the contemporary art world.

    Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday
  • Eve is a fascinating, plausible creation, both alluring and monstrous in her all-consuming self-regard.

  • [A] pacy tale of marital breakdown on the London art scene… Eve is an engagingly spiky anti-heroine.

    Anthony Cummins, Daily Mail
  • Annalena McAfee brings a woman’s art to such vivid life that the reader is drawn thrillingly into its creation. Art is no mere device in this novel, it is its beating heart. A lush and original novel.

    Polly Clark
  • Beautifully written, engrossing and provides insights into both the contemporary art scene and the individual artistic process. I loved each and every brushstroke

    Ian Rankin, Guardian, *Summer Reads of 2021*

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