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  • Nothing less than brilliant, often highly amusing and, ultimately life affirming

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Each book is a prayer bead on a string, and each prayer is a secular, circumspect prayer, a prayer and a protest and a charm against encroaching night

    Hilary Mantel, Guardian
  • The beauty and precision of Brookner's writing is rightly praised each time she publishes a novel, but what is less often remarked on is her daring . . . like Graham Greene, she draws the reader into a world that has a character and signature all of its own . . . Strangers is a novel of sober brilliance, and the unerring, unflinching Brookner is still a much underestimated novelist

    Helen Dunmore, The Times
  • No one writes with more skill and honesty about the human condition and this book is possibly her finest

    Julie Myerson, Observer Books of the Year
  • A novel of great stylistic beauty and psychological truth . . . the pitiless depiction of the final stages of life - and the refusal to allow her characters any consolation - makes Strangers as great a reflection on fear and regret as Philip Larkin's poem Aubade or Beckett's Endgame

    Mark Lawson, Guardian
  • In the hands of a lesser novelist, her stories of human frailty would be depressing, but she manages to make them sparkle with life - and always with hope . . . consistently absorbing

    Daily Telegraph
  • Paul Sturgis is a brilliant and affecting creation by a writer whose empathy runs deep, and whose pitch is perfect . . . a brisk and moving story


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