Taylor has the genius of making her characters understood, sometimes with an almost frightening clarity, perhaps because she is compassionate as well as relentless in her delineation of them
A compassionate and devastating tale
How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart
How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time!
Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour
She's a magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all