Observer ‘Addictive… told with real humanity, warmth and infectious love’

Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette ‘My favourite kind of novel: big-hearted, psychologically complex and utterly gripping’ ’

Joanna Briscoe, Guardian ‘Unputdownable’

Scotsman ‘O’Farrell is hard to beat.  Anyone looking for a British Anne Tyler need look no further’

Marie Claire ‘Masterful… holds you on an exquisite knife-edge’

Independent On Sunday ‘O’Farrell is a deliciously insightful writer, observing the dynamics of relationships and filleting them to the bone… The final scenes of the family’s trip to Ireland is as perceptive on the jaggedness of family forced together as Colm Tobin’s The Blackwater Lightship

Anita Shreve ‘Thoroughly engrossing and suspenseful… O’Farrell, in this beautifully written tale, gets the psychological nuances just right’

Metro ‘O’Farrell’s language is lissom, airborne, mostly seamless, her characters flawed, contradictory, aggravating and instantly knowable.  This is a deceptively easy, effortlessly true-feeling novel; a total delight’

Mail on Sunday ‘A beautifully nuanced and engrossing portrait of a seemingly ordinary Irish family thrown into turmoil’