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  • Tough, cogent writing, without sentimentality, and its polish never masks its realism. ... Brookner reveals herself as a European novelist and a major one.'

    Helen Dunmore, The Times
  • With a steelier grip than almost any other writer, Brookner always reaches out and pulls you in. Her talent for immersing you in the pinched, emotional life of her characters is unparalleled... Her understanding of female loneliness is heart-clenching.

    Julie Myerson, Mail on Sunday
  • Achieved with the subtle brilliance for which Booker Prize-winning Brookner has received such acclaim... It is highly unlikely you will read a finer piece of literature this year

    Scotland on Sunday
  • What a relief it is to read this beautifully crafted prose

    Daily Express
  • One of Brookner's most subtle, original and emotionally resonant works... She subverts expectations again

    Sunday Telegraph

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