• Very fine, engrossing, exquisitely original

    Ian McEwan
  • An enthralling story of love and loss, a real literary treasure. One of the most original novels of the year

    Robert Harris
  • You don't need to be in archaeology - this is a tale of rivalry, loss and thwarted love. It's so absorbing that I read right through lunchtime one day, and it's not often I miss a meal

    Nigella Lawson
  • A rich vein of dry humour runs throughout

    Evening Standard
  • Intriguing, tender and entertaining … easily Preston's best

  • A delicate, quietly affecting human drama

    Daily Mail
  • A moving novel that coheres wonderully as it progresses

  • A delicate evocation of a vanished era

    Sunday Times
  • Wonderful, evocative. From this simple tale of dirt, Preston has produced the finest gold. He keeps an iron grip on the reader's attention

  • Beatutifully written...there is a true and wonderful ending to the story

    Bill Wyman, Mail on Sunday

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