...And I've read a lot. I'm not easily pleased, but this book is absolutely brilliantly written. I can't believe Nicola Barker is not more well known. I have leant my copy of this book to three people so far, and they have all come back saying how much they loved it. It is great writing that is unpretentious in its excellence. The story is quirky and fascinating and deeply moving, and the characterisation is spot-on. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It really is one of the best books I have ever read - and certainly the best book by any living British author.