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  • Glittering visual evocation, expressed in a tone at once fresh and wistfully ironic ... a world at once random, dreamlike and deeply experienced

    The Sunday Times
  • 4 STARS. Banville proves here over and over that one can write with the true texture if erotic memory without resorting to titillation. He deserves to outsell Fifty Shades of Grey tenfold.

    Sunday Express
  • 4 STARS. Prose that lingers on every last physical and psychological detail.

  • Banville does regretful roues better than almost anyone ... His use of language can also be startlingly brilliant ... Terrific ... full of sadness and yearning.

    Sunday Telegraph
  • This dazzling novel captures a long-lost adolescent world of passion and desire.

  • ... ravishingly written and scrupulously observed

    Irish Times
  • The Booker prize winning author - widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in English today - has produced what many already consider a literary masterpiece.

    Sunday Independent
  • We now want them [novels] to provoke, cajole, edify, entertain, puzzle, divert, clarify and console. Banville's new novel does all these things and much more besides.

    Irish Independent
  • Banville, with his forensic sensory memory, his great gift for textural (and textual) precision, his ability to inhabit not just a room, as a writer, but also the full weight of a breathing body, is exactly in his element here.

  • A novel criss-crossed with ghost roads and dead-ends and peopled by shifty characters who seem provisional even to themselves. It is written in Baville's customary prose, rhythmic and allusive and dense with suggestive imagery, prose and deliberately slows you down and frequently wrongfoots you.


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