Fleur Sinclair, from the Sevenoaks Bookshop, said: "I've passed it on to colleagues and we're all unanimous in its complete brilliance. Every customer we've ever passed it onto has said exactly the same thing...Incredibly tragic but beatifully, beautifully written. One of those ones where you look up after a sentence and go 'wow!'"
Taylor’s reissued 1991 novel feels as though it could date from much earlier in the century, such is its cool, formal beauty and the exquisite portrait of unhappiness it paints. Yet when the protagonist’s glacial self-control cracks, the disturbing images that dart out from the damaged mind beneath the facade remind one that this is indeed a modern novel with a very sophisticated understanding of the depredations of grief.