Her novels are . . . good-natured, perceptive accounts of family dilemmas.
Praise for MOTHER COUNTRY: 'Purves's great skill is her ability to marry her cultural and historical insights with her characters' personal development - all wrapped up in a well-paced detective story. . . . Engrossing.'
For three-quarters of its course, the novel is pure late Shakespeare . . . A comedy of manners . . . drawn with skill and humour.
Beautifully written story, rich in evocative language and emotion.
Clever, humane, elegant and wise