To read Harland's Half Acre is to have your sense of the quiet ambition, intelligence and immaculate poetry that characterise Malouf's writing renewed. Here is a marble faultlessness, with the animal warmth of a living thing.
Geordie Williamson, The Australian
Malouf's view of the world (here and elsewhere in his fiction) is more generous, embracing and forgiving [than White]. A fine novel.
Andrew Riemer, The Sydney Morning Herald
A remarkable book in which the realist and the dreamer are finally and excitingly fused.
The New York Times Book Review
A novel rich in descriptive detail, ambitious in historical scope and thoroughly persuasive in its portrait of a world and an era ... The most satisfying look into the mind of a painter since Virginia Woolf's portrayal of Lily Briscoe in To The Lighthouse.
David Leavitt, The Village Voice
A panorama of Australian society, scenery, and history ... Malouf succeeds brilliantly in convincing the reader that Harland is indeed an artist, and a good one.
Absolutely stunning ... the book's lyric ending is a triumph of the writer's craft.