Purves's evocative descriptions of Venice intensify an already gripping narrative
an idiosyncratic blend of her journalistic voice ... With the skills of a writer who understands the proper balance in a novel between issue and narrative. ... This is her best novel ... [and] will find an answering echo in many readers
all the compassion characteristic of her writing in her previous novels and columns. ... This is a humane and perceptive novel
As ever, Libby Purves draws you into the laughter and tears in the life of her characters, in this case teachers Kit and Anna. ... Like all her books, this is a cracking story
A brilliant dissection of troubled lives
Done with a finesse which makes the words live on in your memory long after the novel has been put away
Purves' fourth novel is a skilled and serious attempt to deal with society's sensitivity (or oversensitivity) towards the treatment of children
A lovely read, and much enjoyed by my reader, who thinks that this is her best novel yet.