Half In Love has the invigorating feel and racing pace of any good love story
Cartwright's tender, ironic, but ultimately optimistic dissection of human love is as shrewd and unshrinking as his conclusions about politics and journalism... Half in Love is a marvel of compression, of characterisation and of tightly cast thought. It is also very moving and utterly gripping, to which the author has cleverly added a sly whiff of the roman-à-clef.
Half in Love is a marvellous novel, serious, moving, compelling, wholly credible.
Intelligent and lucid
Cartwright has an unfashionable ear for sincerity, which ambushes modern readers used to seeing the false and flaky exposed.
This fine novel is also a powerful, irrestibly page-turning love-story.
[An] urbanely intelligent story of political and sexual manners
An absorbing novel... the writing is elegant and crisp
[Half in Love] is awash with neatly drawn minor characters - and knocks most contemporary fiction into a cocked hat.