'A remarkable performance-As gripping as The Collector and The Magus' Observer
Charles Smithson, a respectable engaged man, meets Sarah Woodruff as she stands on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, staring out to sea. Charles falls in love, but Sarah is a digraced woman, and their romance will defy all the stifling conventions of the Victorian age.
“A brilliant success... It is a passionate piece of writing as well as an immaculate example of storytelling”
“A splendid, lucid, profoundly satisfying work of art, a book which I want almost immediately to read again”
“Brilliant...an artist of great imaginative power”
“Marvellous 1969 novel... You can read this book again and again, always finding something new and always falling in love with the hapless Charles.”
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail