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  • A worthy sequel... His book is not only an impressive recreation of James's atmospheres and pacing, but also full of minor cliff-hangers and page-turning suspenses that keep you guessing

  • A brilliant feat of literary ventriloquism... Richly enjoyable and enthralling, this exercise in creative empathy is a sequel of very high finish

    Sunday Times
  • John Banville is one of the best novelists in English, and an expert ventriloquist, among other things . . . Mrs Osmond is both a remarkable novel in its own right and a superb pastiche

    Edmund White, Guardian
  • It's brilliant. It's John Banville camouflaged as Henry James - it's very, very interesting

    Cillian Murphy, star of Peaky Blinders and Dunkirk
  • Written with near-Jamesian elegance

    Mail on Sunday
  • John Banville has long been the most distinctive Irish novelist of his generation

    Irish Independent
  • This is a superbly written novel ... Mrs Osmond represents an important contribution to Banville's impressive oeuvre

    Evening Standard
  • John Banville is simply the finest writer at work today, a prolific prose stylist whose work has only deepened in quality throughout his career

    John Boyne, Irish Times
  • 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'
  • This engrossing and often beautiful novel is a true work of art that rewards careful reading

    Daily Telegraph on 'Blue Guitar'

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