• Unexploded is an unforgettable book. With exquisitely researched and rendered detail, the author plunges us into the panic and paranoia of war, fusing international politics, national politics and family politics in her powerful study of hypocrisy, oppression, cultural misunderstanding and desire

  • Love, fear and prejudice are all skilfully anatomised in this compellingly intimate exploration of life in war time Brighton

    Jane Rogers
  • Finely wrought, moving and haunting. What a wonderful novel this is. Bravo Alison MacLeod

    Polly Samson
  • A persuasive period setting, an intricate plot, sumptuous prose

    Daily Telegraph
  • An exploration of the xenophobia and neurosis unleashed in times of national crisis . . . MacLeod remains one of the most astute chaoticians writing today

  • Compelling, fast-paced, powerful. The descriptions of wartime Brighton are pin-sharp . . . the denouement is as heartrending as it is unexpected

    Financial Times
  • An intelligent, perceptive novel by a writer of great descriptive power . . . Like her modernist forebears, MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist - her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide pageturner

    Daily Mail

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