'The young family has to face the hardships that small farmers and smallholders endure everywhere'
'A tender, eloquent book about love, the power of the land and the price to paid for living out one's dreams'
'A joy ... heartening, raw, tender.'
'Touching, funny and extremely well-written'
Enchanting ... magical ... so beautifully written that you almost hold your breath'
'A major talent'
'Beautifully written ... crammed with precious details ... It should be required reading'
'It is the prose equivalent of a collection of poems by Ted Hughes - or Wordsworth'
'The classic Great Escape . . . strikingly told'
'An assured and compelling first book ... A moving exploration of the slow triumph of adversity over optimism'