Mirror ‘O’Farrell pulls a passionate and absorbing love story out of the bag’

FT ‘Maggie O’Farrell has written three novels, each of them a critical and commercial success … her confidence in her characters’ plausibility is endearing … She tends to their emotional lives with the inexhaustible tenderness of a doting mother’

Sunday Telegraph ‘Hyper-sensitive examination of family relationships … ambitious and trickily arranged narrative … The result is a skilful, sensitive romantic novel’

Independent on Sunday ‘Maggie O’Farrell has a magical talent for writing sensuous love scenes which are somehow touchingly old-fashioned’

Scotsman on Sunday ‘Fans of the earlier books can expect the same telling observations, evocative descriptions and a narrative that moves seamlessly between past and present’

Jacqueline Wilson, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review ‘I was held by the power of Maggie O’Farrell’s writing. I think she’s brilliant’

Kate Mosse, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review ‘I was completely convinced by how well observed the characters were’