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Reviews

  • How can anything be so funny and so sad both at once? Every sentence is an object lesson in compression and wit.

    Tessa Hadley on A Start in Life, Guardian Summer Reads, 2015
  • All of Brookner's novels are great, but this is one of the best . . . Brookner, though acclaimed, deserves more excitement, more rapture from us. Hotel du Lac and the Booker Prize were a long time ago, and it's not her fault if she has bloomed equally brightly every year without fail. I think we're taking her for granted if we don't jump up and celebrate this book right now

    Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday
  • Her technique as a novelist is so sure and so quietly commanding.

    Hilary Mantel, Guardian

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