Reviews

  • A beautiful bittersweet story of love, loss and families all set in the most irresistible of locations. Tears were shed!

    Graham Norton
  • A compassionate portrayal of love, support and grief, The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually contains moments so recognisable to anyone who has suffered from depression that credit must be given to Cullen for depicting mental illness in all its senseless brutality while never exploiting it for sentimental reasons... There are many strengths to this novel, not least of which is the author's decision not to fill the pages with anguish . . . a writer whose skill is matched by an ability to surprise with each new work

    John Boyne, Irish Times
  • I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character - and when I reached the end, I wept. It is just glorious. A sweeping family safe and, at the same time, a close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love

    Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths
  • This is a book that is begging to be loved and . . . only the most stonehearted reader will withhold the approval it strives so hard to earn

    Sunday Times
  • An extremely moving read. Handles the complexities of love, grief, family life and mental illness with sensitivity and depth. A truly gorgeous novel.

    Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me
  • Such a true gift of a novel, with its sumptuous forward momentum, and rare precision, and inspired imagery. The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually generates a very bright light, one that is human, graceful, and healing. It's an absolute pleasure to read

    Sebastian Barry
  • Intensely moving, beautifully written and drenched with Irish atmosphere, this novel asks brave and thoughtful questions about mental health

    Daily Mail
  • So wonderful on the Irish family and the utter complexity of motherhood, family entanglement and love

    Elaine Feeney, poet and author of As You Were
  • An honest meditation on love and motherhood - this is a story of the confessions that aren't easily made; the secret hopes and desires that can feel too complicated or painful to express. Cullen is a thoughtful writer and she dissects the stubborn optimism of the human heart with skill and sympathy

    Irish Independent
  • Precise, haunting and, above all, beautiful . . . has the twin ability to inspire you to take delight in the world, yet also cry with the pain that unfolds in its pages . . . a book of rare quality

    i magazine

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