A debut novel of astonishing confidence and skill...Acutely observant, overflowing with good jokes, it is the work of an author who loves her characters and sets them playing with gleeful energy
An astounding book...without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years
Little short of a masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry
A blinding debut from a Yorkshire mother-of-two who could be Alan Bennett's baby sister...straight-up simplicity veils the depth, poignancy and poetry of her story
A first novel written so fluently and wittily that I sailed through it as though blown by an exhilarating wind. I loved it
Enchanting. It hops with sprightly omniscence from past to future and back again
The Sunday Times
A really gripping, emotionally satisfying family saga written with warmth and wit. I've re-read it countless times.