Every scene is rich in implication, entrancing and disturbing at the same time; the literary equivalent of a switch-back ride
What makes Levy's writing so appealing is her even-handedness. All her characters can be weak, hopeless, brave, good, bad - whatever their colour. The writing is rigorous and the bittersweet ending, with its unexpected twist, touching... People can retain great dignity, however small their island
'A cracking good read'
'A great read...honest, skilful, thoughtful and important'
'Explores the Caribbean experience of immigration to Britain with great sensitivity'
'Wonderful...seamless...a magnificent achievement'
'Never less than finely written, delicately and often comically observed, and impressively rich in detail and little nuggets of stories'
'An engrossing read - slyly funny, passionately angry and wholly involving'
'A work of great imaginative power'
'As full of warmth and jokes and humanity as you could wish'
'Gives us a new urgent take on our past'