'There isn't anyone else writing anything like this, and it's very, very exciting.'

Jill Murphy, TheBookbag.co.uk

'Nothing this year approaches the sheer magic of Joseph Smith's daringly sophisticated first novel.'

Irish Times, Literary Landmark of the Year 2008

'It is a daring novel that achieves that most elusive of challenges - changing the world a little for the reader.'

Francesca Segal, The Observer