'A beautifully crafted, lyrical novel'
'Moving, memorable and beautifully written'
'Deeply felt and vividly imagined'
'Fresh and engaging...Some sentences and passages are crafted so beautifully and seemingly effortlessly that it provokes envy.'
'Quietly powerful... a fine piece of work
'His prose and the evocation of time and place are almost always of the highest order...he approaches the Second World War with a fresh and contemporary style, a gift that he shares with Kazuo Ishiguro'
'A scintillating instance of fictional imagination applied to history'
'Impressive...a compelling story in itself, but Davies's special skill lies in integrating conflicts that drive the narrative at a more intense level'
deft and graceful