Warm and deeply endearing; I love this remarkable, life-enhancing book.

 The Sydney Morning Herald

Richly satisfying.

The Literary Review (UK)

The story sent tears down my cheeks ...  If goodness is not readily available, but an achievement, so too is writing like this. I presume that this book will be marketed as literature for 'young adults'. In my view it is here to be enjoyed by every adult from the ages of ten to a hundred and ten. 

Australian Book Review



A beautiful book for its quietness, for the elegiac stillness which harmonises perfectly with its emotional clarity.

Canberra Times

What joy to enter again into the convoluted family life of Theodora and Samuel… some of the most attractively real, engaged and engaging characters in youth literature.

Adelaide Advertiser 



A book of exceptional beauty.  

 The Sunday Age

Enigmatic and original…a treasure for the bookshelf. 




Enriching, uplifting and deeply satisfying.   

The Canberra Times

A wonderful book of great intensity 

Andersen (Italy)

Brilliantly evokes the often-shadowy place of childhood, but at the core is an intriguing story that will have younger readers asking questions that adults won’t be able to answer.

The Age 



 A sad tale? Actually not. You'll be moved by the sudden, warm ending; with its lightness and wit, this is a comedy of some depth.

Naomi Lewis The Observer (UK) January 1, 1994.  

A challenging novel for children at the top of the age range...  (written with) tact and moral alertness.

 The Econ omist (UK) November 1, 1994

A Chekhovian deftness ... there are wonderful strangenesses in her writing that are not yet fully unleashed.

Sydney Morning Herald August 12, 1995.