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  • Sharp and uncompromising, it is a ripsnorting read that leaves us wondering where the needle will be pointing at the moment the moral compass is smashed to pieces

    Independent on Sunday
  • A thoughtful novel that envelops us in the oppression and beauty of the rural prison . . . each voice is distinct, believable and stubborn in its refusal to be easily known. Touchingly evocative

    Financial Times
  • A masterclass. The inmates' stories evoke larger questions about justice and privacy, power and powerlessness

  • Captures the hunger for self-improvement tinged with a pervasive sense of melancholy

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Thoughtful, beautifully written. A candid exploration of journalistic ethics

  • Extraordinary ... Lalwani writes with wonderful clarity and intelligence

  • Gripping, heartbreaking, truly horrifying . . . simmers with understated menace

    Marie Claire
  • Extraordinary... What Nikita is really, really brilliant at is voice and people

    BBC Radio 2

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