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  • Harrowing, original, delicate and unforgettable

  • A masterpiece . . . fiction of the highest order

    Sunday Express
  • A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians. Constantly surprising and formally superb

    A. S. Byatt, Daily Telegraph
  • One of the few real masterpieces of late twentieth-century British fiction

    Jonathan Coe
  • One of the most distinguished works of contemporary fiction

    Barry Unsworth

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