My hero Margaret Atwood was gripped by Larchfield, as was Edward Mendelson, WH Auden’s brilliant biographer and literary executor, who said:

What a wonderfully satisfying and gratifying book Larchfield is: vivid, moving, sympathetic, beautifully shaped.

Author and Auden expert Alexander McCall Smith has called the book

A magnificent book — haunting and beautifully written.

And author John Boyne said of it:

Magical and transcendent . . . I suspect that few debuts in 2017 will match the elegance of Larchfield. This is a beautiful novel: passionate, lyrical and surprising. I will remember Larchfield for a long time.