LONG-LISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2015

OBSERVER BEST HOLIDAY READS 2013

 

'The translation is terrific and the author's grasp of England circa 1880 is utterly convincing.' Salley Vickers, Observer

 

'It's hard to believe this novel originated in another country. But it did, and the way Carlson shows us to ourselves should make us wonder.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

 

'An imaginative series of insights into the outer and inner lives of the inhabitants of the village of Downe in Kent in the 1870's.' Rosemary Ashton, Times Literary Supplement

 

'Allow layers of meaning to emerge after you finish reading, and you may be rewarded.' Harriet Paterson, The Tablet

 

' Whether it's Thomas Davies out in his vegetable field or my grandmother pruning roses, gardens are full of hope. An outward sign of an inward grace? Or is the material world all there is? '  Laura Keynes, Standpoint

 

'The collective consciousness in this novel is an amazing choir: Carlson makes the souls of Downe Parish sing.' Helsingin Sanomat

 

'Carlson writes beautifully, wisely and with effortless humour.' Suomen Kuvalehti 

 

'The life of Darwin's gardener is a parable of grief and alienation. Carlson's language is clear, powerful and subtle.' Runeberg Prize Jury