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Reviews

  • Enthralling. Emotionally gripping . . . ordinary people struggling against a city's beautiful indifference, and clinging on for dear life

    Daily Telegraph
  • Beautifully crafted, gripping, moving, enlightening. Sure to be one of the best historical novels of the year

    Time Out
  • Scrupulous, pitch-perfect. With heart-pounding force, Dunmore builds up a double narrative of suspense

    Sunday Times
  • Magnificent, brave, tender . . . with a unique gift for immersing the reader in the taste, smell and fear of a story

    Independent on Sunday
  • A masterpiece. An extraordinarily powerful evocation of a time of unimaginable fear. We defy you to read it without a pounding heart and a lump in your throat

    Grazia
  • A beautifully written and deeply moving story about fear, loss, love and honesty amid the demented lies of Stalin's last days. I literally could not put it down

    Antony Beevor
  • Dunmore chillingly evokes the atmosphere of Soviet suspicion, where whispered rumours and petty grievances metastasise into lies and denunciation. A gripping read

    Daily Mail
  • Meticulous, clever, eloquent. An absorbing and thoughtful tale of good people in hard times

    Guardian
  • A remarkably feeling, nuanced novel that satisfies the head as well as the heart. This does not read like a retelling of history, but like a draught of real life. With her seemingly small canvas, Dunmore has created a universe

    Sunday Herald
  • Dunmore's genius lies in her ability to convey the strange Soviet atmosphere of these very Soviet stories using the most subtle of clues

    Spectator

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