• "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. So magnificently is the process evoked, with all its passion and vulnerability that we feel desperately for Eve and the price she must pay for being an artist who dares to fall in love. A lush and original novel whose central artwork lingers long in the memory."

    Polly Clark