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"Monique Charlesworth combines a sharp wit with a rich sense of time and place in a very distinctive blend.” -- Graham Swift

"A writer of significant accomplishments, among them a gift for describing her characters as if they themselves had taught her how to place them perfectly in context."-- Jonathan Keates, The Observer

"...here clearly is a writer to follow wherever she may go next, gifted with the urge and talent to explore, a high sense of style and spurts of grim humour." -- Christopher Wordsworth, The Guardian

"Breathlessly suspenseful ... She moves her story through fast, terrifying intricacies of plot: journeys, battles, smuggled papers, love affairs ... Engrossing.” -- Polly Shulman, New York Times Book Review

"Somebody - God, perhaps - is grooming Monique Charlesworth as the next Muriel Spark ... unnervingly assured at the deft interweaving of comic and philosophical observations. Miss Charlesworth succeeds in reaching the heart while being brutally funny; no mean gift." -- Patrick Gale, Daily Telegraph