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  • '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 wonderfully 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

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

    Bill Wyman, Mail on Sunday

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