"This was a very close second. The characters are so alive and upbeat, it captured me immediately - and it made me laugh out loud, which is always such a joyful reading experience. The author very cleverly combines great wit with compassion, a superb pathos, yet it is not remotely maudlin or self-pitying and is tremendously fresh and readable as a result. It is written with superb verve and confidence, and this author's ability to instantly suspend the reader's disbelief while maintaining such humour is a very rare asset indeed."
Fiona Walker, judge, Wells Festival of Literature 2009.