An affecting meditation on pain, cruelty, class, belonging and the redeeming power of love.
A beautiful and brilliant novel. There really is nobody quite like Almond.
This is beautifully written and polished to a lapidary gloss.
A wonderful novel.
An astonishing, beautiful tale. Almond at his best.
A tale so marvellously told it seems a shame to label it as only for children.
Stays with you long after the book is closed.
Almond makes familiar issues fresh; his characters are finely drawn and his depiction of place perfectly realised.
Lyrical and atmospheric.
A near-perfect piece of fiction.
Luminous prose...every character is perfectly served by this fearless writer.
Subtle and energetic...a powerful and evocative study of loss.
[A] strange and haunting story.
Once in a while a book comes along that takes over your head and your heart. [This is] such a book.
Almond's best book yet...masterful in every aspect.
Gripping doesn't do it justice - it sweeps you up and wraps itself around you.
An uplifting, beautifully written story.
A beautifully written, warm-hearted book. Almond's poetic, though gritty, prose avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality.
Almond's books are always moving, uplifting tributes to the human spirit.