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  • A hell of a read - so emotionally sophisticated, so deft with shade and light, more absorbing than most fiction I've read this year

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
  • Terrific

    Louise Carpenter, The Times
  • Another gratifyingly well-put-together work... Tremain's long sentences brim with a poised positivity...[and] add lightness to her fond depictions of these imperfect strivers

    Francesca Carington, Sunday Telegraph, *Novel of the Week*
  • Subtle, illuminating and captivating

    Eithne Farry, Mail on Sunday
  • A moving exploration of love and the sacrifices we're willing to make in its name

    Good Housekeeping
  • Over a distinguished literary career, Rose Tremain has traversed genres with her customary flair... in her portrayal of the ways in which individual longing and frustration unfold against the constraints of forces beyond our control, Tremain has long been one of our most accomplished novelists, and here is further confirmation

    Stephanie Merritt, The Observer
  • An exhilarating exploration of love, life, loss and death... A thrilling and seductive story... Vivid and beguiling

    Rowan Mantell, Eastern Daily Press
  • Rose Tremain gives Hilary Mantel a run for her money for the title of Britain's greatest living historical novelist... there are still few writers who can conjure up a version of the past that is so startlingly unfamiliar yet so convincing

    Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
  • An enjoyable page-turner

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times
  • A new book from Rose Tremain is always a cause for celebration. Her exceptionally well-crafted and deeply humane historical novels are invariably a joy and Islands of Mercy is no exception... A rich, rewarding and highly satisfying novel from one of our finest novelists.

    Daunt Books

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