'Sophisticated, confident and beautifully poetic writing that's tender and poignant and consistently captivating ... a remarkable and precise portrait of a childhood that both convinces and moves' Daniel Hahn, Bookseller.
'A lushly beautiful child's-eye tale' Boyd Tonkin, Independent.
'A powerfully lyrical and poetic piece of literature . . . that staggers in its power to move the most cynical reader.' Dominic O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner
'The rich implications of history ... that lie behind its comparatively simple story would have won the admiration of Margeurite Yourcenar' Paul Binding, Times Literary Supplement.