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  • A fiercely well-observed account of the psychological twists and turns, the stress points and the double-binds, of familial love

    Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph
  • Striking... brilliantly done... Flanagan is wise enough to place his wider concerns, and the accompanying magic realism within the sturdy framework of a conventional family narrative

    James Walton, The Times
  • Richard Flanagan is one of the greatest writers at work in the world today - I admire him and his writing immensely. The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is a haunting, urgent and important book about our broken and confusing age. If John Clare, a hero of mine and Flanagan's, was brought back from the dead to witness our ongoing apocalypse, I imagine he'd write something very like this novel

    James Rebanks
  • Magnificent... Flanagan hasn't just written about the space between living and dying; in writing about the things that are disappearing from the world he's captured something fundamental about the moment we're living in

    Guardian Australia
  • Pure and simple... A book in which workaday realism is increasingly marbled with magical effects... What impresses most, however, is that Flanagan's novel doesn't end in condemnation. It keeps searching for the proper form for love

    Geordie Williamson, The Australian

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