'A bittersweet demonstration of the impossibility of love' Independent
Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (The Old Jest), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for The Captains and the Kings), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for The Captains and the Kings and How Many Miles to Babylon). She has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize with Shadows on our Skin.
Superbly executed... by turns funny, revealing and sad, the novel is both enchanted and enchanting' Daily TelegraphCool, crafted poise and sly wit' Penny Perrick, The Times'Jennifer Johnston's latest novel is a modern fairy tale with a dark theme... she handles [her material] so delicately, so deftly and wittily that we willingly suspend disbelief' Margaret Walters, Sunday Times'Jennifer Johnston spins her yarn into a shimmering confection whose surface limpidity conceals layer upon layer of narrative meaning, yet whose overall effect is of simplicity, lightness and ease... This is a novel of immense sophistication, familiar yet distant as the moon of the title' Irish Times