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  • Penelope Lively is a genius and this collection is a joy. In any circumstances, from a wedding to a Christmas shopping expedition, Lively finds an emotional dilemma, engaging the reader as thoroughly as if they were reading a novel and leaving them speechless.

    Daily Mail
  • Relationships, in many strange and beautiful manifestations, are danced around in this collection of short stories. Lively's stories are as delicate as they are powerful and are a joy to read.

    The Times
  • Penelope Lively is rightly celebrated for her elegant, understated style and her piercing perceptions, and each individual story is a pleasing morsel. Take one at bedtime.

    Sunday Telegraph
  • The fourteen brief stories in Beyond the Blue Mountains reveal Penelope Lively at her most polished and perceptive. "The Slovenian Giantess" is a condensed masterpiece.

    Sunday Times
  • The title story in this marvellous new collection gives us a portrait of a marriage in ten short pages, saying more than many authors would tell us in a book.

    Express on Sunday
  • This is a crafted, talented display.

    Daily Telegraph

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