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  • This engrossing and often beautiful novel is a true work of art that rewards careful reading

    Daily Telegraph
  • Banville is a gorgeous writer who can nail an emotion

    The Times
  • He shows himself, once again, as one of contemporary literature's finest and most expert witnesses... compelling and matchless prose

    The Observer
  • The book is cherishable as a meditation on life's transience, the mysteries and fleetingness of love, the waning of sexual desire, and the lost domain of childhood

    The Irish Independent
  • An elegant novel of tangled infidelity

    The Scotsman
  • A brilliant study of memory, regret and inescapable alienation in relationships (...) a portrait of human frailty, it is surprisingly uplifting

    The Lady
  • Banville's prose sparkles as Orme ponders the nature of art, his life, happiness, memory and love

    The Daily Express
  • Banville is an expert in masculine interiority... achieving this by a luminous prose style

    The Independent
  • Banville, the Nabokov of contemporary literature, can turn even a straightforward comeuppance tale into breath-taking literary art

    Press Association
  • Banville is one of the writers I admire the most - few people can create an image as beautifully or precisely

    Hanya Yanagihara, author of the Booker-shortlisted 'A Little Life'

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