"'The qualities one has learned to value in his poetry are there: control of emotion and language, keen observation, and in particular the very precise expression of half-success, anticipated failure or sadness.' New Statesman; 'Jill is, in a sense, a kind of cryptic literary manifesto. It is a novel about writing, about discovering a literary personality, and about the sorts of consolation that art can provide.' Andrew Motion"
Jill is Philip Larkin's first novel and a classic of its time, in which the poet's astute insight into character, emotion and social nuance plays out over the length of a novel in a rich, poetic prose.