• A surprisingly touching account of hidden lives forced out of the shadows

    Sunday Times
  • Part period piece, part courtroom drama, this is also a touching love story

    Daily Mail
  • So lovely, gentle yet enthralling

    Claire Fuller
  • Quietly gripping and intriguing

    Elizabeth Buchan
  • Skilful, persuasive, thoroughly enjoyable, unexpected

    Penelope Lively
  • A breathtaking debut

  • A vivid exploration of family secrets uncovered and the effects of trauma, as well as a war story about women doing whatever they had to do to survive

    Irish Times
  • Astonishingly, this is Rachel Malik's debut, and her handling of the richness and simplicity of this story of farming life suggests that she is on the brink of a distinguished literary career

    Judges of the Walter Scott Prize 2018

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