• Colm Tóibín's new collection is the work of an author at the peak of his writing powers

    The Times
  • Always deeply moving, the stories here - like the surf-washed pebbles on that Wexford beach - will be read for meaning and enjoyed for their shape and sound for ages to come

  • It's a collection that will only further fuel Tóibín's ascent through English fiction

    Independent on Sunday
  • Exquisite . . . The chief reason to read these stories is the peculiar power of Colm Tóibín's prose

  • Astonishingly precise, depicting complex and conflicted states of mind with rare clarity

  • Beautifully observed

    Sunday Times
  • Tóibín's deceptively straightforward style continues to manage somehow to encompass both lucidity and ambiguity, precision and poetry

    Irish Times
  • Exquisite

    Metro, Fiction of the Week
  • These stories are always intensely interesting and sometimes profoundly provocative

    Irish Independent
  • Perfect; and as good as the best of William Trevor, than which there can be no higher praise