• More stylish than many writers half her age . . . Lively knows a thing or two about storytelling . . . her candour is refreshing, and reminds us that you don't have to lie to yourself to live life finely until the very end

    The Times
  • Contains some of Lively's funniest and most enjoyable character studies . . . she remains a sublime storyteller

  • Elegant and engrossing, this is a gently funny and touching portrait of the complex path life can take

    Easy Living
  • Deeply comical, essentially kind-hearted, wonderfully written and seasoned with a rare wisdom

    Literary Review
  • Witty and astute

    Daily Mail
  • An engaging read

    Woman's Own
  • Lively's prose is indeed lively, her humour wry and her insights into the human condition both wise and moving

    Sunday Express
  • As always, Lively has a precise control of the comic, and an ear for dialogue honed over more than 40 years of writing

    Independent on Sunday
  • A deftly constructed, always enjoyable novel

    Sunday Times

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