—Mary Wesley, Daily Express
'A highly enjoyable read: well-informed, gripping… an overview of the period seen from the underside'
'We believe in Millicent whole-heartedly and come to love her… she has a heroism that George Eliot would recognise. It may be fiction, but it's also — convincingly, tragically and often exhilaratingly — real life'
—Independent on Sunday
'A new work by Margaret Forster always gives me a tingle of anticipation… I rushed through this novel and enjoyed it enormously… what she experienced in her very "ordinariness" was shared by thousands of real women of her generation'
—Val Hennessey, Daily Mail
'A beautifully crafted novel about the cost of war… Forster is as distinguished a biographer and memoir-writer as she is a novelist. She is an old hand at making a story out of the fragments of a life.'
'A richly textured, skilfully structured and highly enjoyable novel by an experienced writer at the peak of her powers'
—Times Literary Supplement
"This is a remarkable novel. Forster evokes a woman and a century with faultless clarity. She also makes us question how we know the past, each other and ourselves."
— Good Book Guide