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  • Thoughtful, intelligent and light of touch. Lively has the gift, rare and wonderful, of being able to peel back the layers one by one and set them before us, translucent and gleaming

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A sublime storyteller . . . she has us riveted with curiosity as to what will happen next, yet also keeps us consistently aware of the nature of the illusion

  • Each story encapsulates a vividly imagined universe... covering a broad range of styles with ease and elegance, it is a witty and grounding collection

    Scarlett Sangster for i
  • superb, unmissable ...The writing is as good as it gets

    The Times
  • Lively has guts and style. You are in the hands of a master

    Daily Mail

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