• A Tolstoyan epic of love and war; life and death...she writes beautifully

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Remarkable, affecting...there are few more interesting stories than this; and few writers who could have told it better

    Rachel Cusk, Daily Telegraph
  • Utterly convincing. A deeply moving account of two love stories in terrible circumstances. The story of their struggle to survive appears simple, as all great literature should...A world-class novel

    Antony Beevor, The Times
  • Literary writing of the highest order set against a background of suffering so intimately reconstructed it is hard to believe that Dunmore was not there

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A remarkable parable of human survival against the odds

    Mail on Sunday
  • In this wise, humane and beautifully written novel she has written a masterpiece

  • A searing historical novel. Dunmore vividly evokes the unbelievable cold, privations and violence as people struggle to extraordinary description of the horrors of the time

    Sunday Express
  • An important as well as a thrilling work of art

    Independent on Sunday
  • A moving and powerful novel in which Dunmore employs all her celebrated descriptive and narrative skills...beautiful

    Daily Mail
  • A harrowing, urgent narrative of cold, starvation and the battle to survive

    Sunday Times

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