• Darkly comic debut about a curious death in Cornwall intrigues to the very end

    Sunday Times Best Summer Reads
  • Intricate and involving, this is a writer to watch

    Daily Mail
  • A story that carries you along - clever plotting and a startling outcome. An impressive first novel

    Penelope Lively
  • Wonderfully crisp and funny, and so full of vivid, surprising images that the reader almost doesn't notice the moment that deep secrets begin to be revealed. I enjoyed this book so much

    Emma Healey, author of 'Elizabeth is Missing'
  • The sheer intelligence and wit of the writing is often funny, but as the story deepens the emotions darken . . . This is a terrific debut - and like that unhappy image of father, turning in his spangled arc, it stays in the mind

    Sunday Times
  • The House at the Edge of the World is, like its narrator, funny, sharp and also terribly sad

    Emerald Street
  • An obviously gifted writer. . . its strength lies in the understanding of human behaviour that underlies the unexpected twists and turns, each one of which moves from romanticism to credibility in a bracing way, so that the book's charm resembles that of a building such as Brighton Pavilion: engagingly fantastic in appearance, but structurally sound

    Diana Athill, Guardian
  • Darkly funny... sharp-as-knives observations brilliantly capture the black undertow of this family story

    Sunday Express
  • A slippery tale of perception and manipulation... The text echoes of a thriller, though it is a character study in how much people can alter themselves to meet the wills of others; for marriage, family or the bond of twinship


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