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  • A sparkling funny and poignant study of a young maths prodigy struggling with her gift and a difficult family

    Gerard Woodward, , Books of the Year, Observer
  • Superb, brilliantly realised. The searing narrative is unflinchingly and tenderly written

  • Pinpoints with genuine insight the bewilderment and anguish of a young woman marked out from her peers

    Sunday Times
  • Lalwani's evocation of teenage dislocation is pitch-perfect and she inhabits her heroine's interior world with tender authority

  • The novel's triumph is in elucidating the hurt of both child and parents. Lalwani compellingly depicts the pain and pleasure of breaking the rules

    New Statesman
  • Beautiful, brilliant . . . Unveils the grand emotions and tiny details of other people's lives with insight, compassion, humour and heartbreaking honesty

    Stephen Merchant
  • Accomplished and confident. Much to admire from the assured descriptions to the well judged blend of comedy and drama

    The Times
  • A poignant, vivid debut. Beautifully describes the dramas of growing up

    , Book of the Month, Marie Claire
  • A giddy portrayal of youthful exuberance unleashed that rings startlingly true

  • Compelling, heart-wrenching and laced with redemptive hope . . . Touching and funny


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