As near to being a work of art as makes no difference. I became more and more deeply and enjoyably immersed in this simple and profoundly moving modern morality tale
A very good novel, simply about a man and a woman: traditional in form - it has a beautiful arch-like structure - and Lawrencian in tone
With this third novel Melvyn Bragg has become a writer of stature...Bragg has always been good at describing the bantering of youthful lovers. He excels himself here
Mr Bragg sets the Cumberland scene as vividly as in his previous novels, the landscape dominating, mining towns and farmlands so 'transitory' when viewed from the hillsides. What bliss, but even in such a remote spot human traps are laid...he succeeds in this portrait of a modern couple trying to find reasonable partnership. There are some excellent descriptive passages.