• Witty, dark and compelling

    Charlotte Mendelson
  • The dark wit that characterised her previous novels, Disobedience and The Lessons, runs through this book as an undercurrent, but The Liars' Gospel shows the hand of a mature novelist, a daring and accomplished work on a broad canvas. She is as much at home describing the sorrow of a mother as the cut and thrust of theological debate, as convincing on the weariness of a man forced into moral compromise as the rush of blood in a teenage boy caught up in his first riot. She paints the sweep of history through the sharp pain of human love and loss, and it is a remarkable achievement.

    Stephanie Merritt, The Observer
  • Exciting, entertaining and enthralling read - this is story telling of the very highest order. It's certainly one of my books of the year.

  • Remarkable. Alderman is a supremely talented writer

    Joanne Harris
  • A series of thoughtful, humane sketches that seek to earnestly put the meat of character on the bones of the bible... An evocative, secular exploration of the New Testaments' sprawling horizons

  • Marvellously told and wonderfully done

    Maeve Kennedy
  • Such intensity ... a big book about history and violence, you can feel the blood running off the page. It is also a very personal and human book

    Dreda Say Mitchell
  • First piece I've read that puts you completely into the Jewish history. A fascinating new look

    Cahal Dallat
  • Gripping and visceral

    Arifa Akbar, The Independent
  • 'The descriptions of violence are visceral. Parts could be describing contemporary Afghanistan with only a change of names... indisputably elegant.

    Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

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