`A totally beguiling, utterly persuasive, argument for reimmersing yourself in literature's past...' --Michael Gove, The Times
'An eloquent advocate [for] the virtues of wide-ranging, deeply felt and considered reading... to be cherished' --Michael Arditti, Daily Telegraph
`Evoked with precision and grace... beguiling' --Victoria Glendinning, Spectator
`[A] vividly experienced journey... viewing books and their authors with a learned, gossipy warmth.'
`The blend of book chat and personal memoir, though apparently serendipitous, is associative and intimate' --Iain Finlayson, The Times
'A timeless creation, [it] will give endless pleasure not only to Hill's many admirers but also to anyone who values books.' --Herald
`A light-hearted memoir using books as anchors on which to fasten life experiences. Funny, educational and occasionally surprising' --Catholic Herald
'Both a passionate reminder of the importance of reading and a revealing glimpse of a writer's life' --Observer
`Delightful... an idiosyncratic commingling of fiction, non-fiction and poetry...Hill has a voracious and varied appetite' --New Statesman
'The memoir's texture is wholesome and cosy; an indulgent quilt in which to nestle before the blazing hearth of literary tradition'
--Caroline Howitt, TLS
`Delightful... Charming... Her legion of fans will love it' --Ian Pindar, Guardian
`The narrative unreels in what Dr Johnson would call `loose sallies of the mind'... A distinguished woman of letters' --John Sutherland, Literary Review
'Fans of Hill's work will be delighted by this leisurely ramble through the author's mind and reading pleasures' --Mslexia
`Pure pleasure... I simply want to emulate Susan Hill's year... To take books from my shelves, to sit, to read.'
`Delightful' --Irish Examiner