• "A novel of extraordinary richness, complexity and strength … it brings the past, in all its difference, bewilderingly into our present. It fills me with a wild, savage envy and no novelist could say fairer than that."

    Angela Carter
  • "There is no greater triumph than fiction which engages with life’s tragedy and comedy both, and which acknowledges their inseparability. Oscar and Lucinda accomplishes this. Full of ideas – about religion, about nationhood, about individuality – it is never burdened by them: it is always fixed in the material world, in its endlessly surprising detail."

    Claire Messud, Daily Telegraph

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