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  • Enthralling... so beautifully observed... as captivating as any thriller

    Marie Claire
  • Spare and devastating, powerful. Brookner is an unflinching novelist who writes beautifully and fearlessly

  • Elegiac ... its magnificent final sentence is among the most moving of Brooknerian conclusions

    New Statesman
  • Clever and elegant

    Sunday Times
  • So well done - so carefully is the novel wrought - that reading it offers deep and enduring pleasure

  • Brookner is brilliant ... readers will not be disappointed. Her women are very real, more recognizable and more human than any obviously loveable character could hope to be

    Sunday Herald

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