An EVENING STANDARD 'Best seller for London' September 2005


'In passages reminiscent of Irina Ratushinskaya's Grey Is the Colour of Hope, Bucknell conjures up the life of an imprisoned Soviet dissident in the Sixties and Seventies, a life of constant, tiny acts of resistance to the regime . . . brilliantly perceptive‚ an intelligent, ambitious novel' Charlotte Hobson, SPECTATOR

'Delicately wrought, beautifully precise writing' TIME OUT

'[A] touching portrait of the evolution of a young marriage: the joy and idealism of falling in love followed by the insecurities and misunderstandings ... Nina, fragile, troubled, beautiful and defiant, is an appealing heroine' SUNDAY TIMES

'Bucknell swathes her beautiful yet selfish heroine in the poisonous mist of Soviet oppression; she brings a vanished period to life with subtlety and makes Nina a heroine worthy of a complex situation' METRO

'It is always a pleasure to encounter an author who tackles big ideas, complex relationships, ambitious themes, and has a woman as the protagonist. Bucknell has in abundance the resources to write powerful, moving, intense and intelligent fiction' Linda Grant, OBSERVER

'...a compelling novel, full of secrets and shame' Robert Colville, THE TELEGRAPH REVIEW