• To get it out of the way: these are the best books I have read this year ... They act as a manifesto for art, showing that literature is not the base metal: it is the process of alchemy, and the gold that results

    John Self, New Statesman
  • Intense, elegant ... Ditlevsen's portrait of Vesterbro in the Twenties has something of the same texture of Elena Ferrante's description of the poor Neapolitan neighbourhood in which her heroines grow up

    Lucy Scholes, The Daily Telegraph
  • I absolutely loved The Copenhagen Trilogy ... So powerful

    Liz Jensen, Saturday Review
  • Incredibly compelling and timely

    Amber Butchard, The Saturday Review