'“A brainstorm of a book; it boils in the mind long after it is done. . . . Full of murderous and beautiful things.” —The Sunday Times “The greatest study of obsessive passion since Wuthering Heights.” —Times Higher Education “It tears viciously at you one moment and sets you shivering the next, in the dark moist chill of an illusory calm. . . . The best of all the Bookers.” —The Observer “An astonishing achievement . . . A major work of art . . . Radcliffe establishes David Storey as the leading novelist of his generation.” —The Daily Telegraph “A very skilled and very intelligent writer indeed . . . A sharp depicter and an exacting judge of shades of emotion.” —The New York Times “One of the most powerful studies in human frailty, conflict, and ultimate destruction to have been published for years.” —Oakland Tribune “Violent, shocking . . . A huge novel, the explosive story of a strange passion.” —The Times (London) '