• Profound and moving and completely original, with a storyline that is completely satisfying. It'll be one of those novels that stays in my mind forever... it's a work of art

    Craig Brown
  • I finished it in two days flat and I've never read anything quite like it. Everything about the book rings true, politically, psychologically, and in period detail, from the sunny beginnings to the grim end

    Hilary Spurling
  • A wonderfully subtle and interesting account of the Mosley women, with a compelling voice

    Linda Grant
  • Wonderful, tragicomic... beautifully researched

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • One of the best books published this year

    The Lady
  • Uncanny, evocative.... Connolly skilfully sets scenes in pared yet atmospheric prose

    Sunday Times
  • Connolly gives an object lesson in how to tell a story in a non-judgmental way. The result is a brave, engrossing and unexpectedly moving novel

    Mail on Sunday
  • Polished and reflective... a salutary masterclass on the values that really matter

    Country Life
  • This historical novel is an absorbing, nuanced look at extremism dressed up with social niceties and class privilege, and is sure to resonate today

  • In her latest novel, Cressida Connolly expertly evokes a changing nation, and a woman whose life is altered forever


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