Reviews

Praise for Suzannah Dunn

‘A genius for catching ordinary life…an Alan Bennett-ish gift for social observation…Altogether a marvellous writer’ Sunday Times

‘Her ear for the rhythms of speech is unerring, her feeling for the minutiae of experience acute.  It takes a good deal of artistry to create the illusion of real life and she has managed something more difficult still, which is to show us how strange real life can be’ The Times

‘A wonderful wit’ Malcolm Bradbury

‘Dunn is a remarkable writer, a lyricist of ordinary life and ordinary people transfigured by extreme emotions’ Daily Telegraph

‘Her prose has a real tang’ James Wood, Guardian

*****

Praise for The Lady of Misrule

‘Poignant and beautifully written’ Telegraph

‘Even knowing how it ends (in tears) doesn’t spoil the tension of this superb piece of historical fiction’ Kate Saunders, Saga magazine

‘What Dunn loses by forgoing sham authenticity, she gains in the fizz and wit of Elizabeth’s voice’ The Times

*****

 

Praise for The May Bride

‘This delightful novel stands out from the mob . . . Dunn lights up one of history’s forgotten corners’ Kate SaundersSaga

‘Dunn skilfully transports the reader to the oppressive atmosphere of Wolf Hall, seat of the Seymour family in Tudor England, and the heavy-handedness with which men treat their womenfolk’ Lady

‘Thoughtful and original . . . Dunn’s writing is sharp and often surprising and her characterisation is excellent’ History Today

‘[The May Bride] gives the doomed Jane a new and fresh voice, with plenty of fascinating period detail’ Sunday Mirror

‘I loved this powerful book and can’t recommend highly enough’ Martina Cole

‘Although most of the book (three quarters) takes place in Wolf Hall, amongst Jane’s immediate family, the author makes the story she is telling absolutely riveting. We are all aware of what Jane’s elder brothers, Edward and Thomas, will become. Here, she manages to create realistic, younger versions of these boys that will become men – the deeply ambitious Edward and the slightly wayward and dangerous Thomas. The author also makes a good point, that many women are written out of history – I have to admit that I was not aware that Edward ever married Katherine, the beautiful, vivacious May Bride, of his youth. In this book, Dunn has created a realistic and believable character in Katherine and virtually breathed her back into life. Out of domestic disaster, she has created a novel which I am sure will find her a whole new audience’ S. Riaz, Amazon top 50 reviewer, 5 stars

*****

 

Praise for The Sixth Wife

‘Mesmerising and beautifully written’ Scotsman

‘A kind of love story that is both moving and believable.  This is the Tudors as seldom seen’ Daily Telegraph

‘Dunn jettisons all attempts at period language, opting instead for twenty-first century English…  The gamble pays off…This together with some taut plotting makes the danger and
vulnerability on which these Tudor lives were predicated uncomfortably easy to understand’ Times Literary Supplement

*****

Praise for The Queen of Subtleties

‘A mistress at describing the material world through which her characters move’ Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

‘I often abandon historical novels but I really could not put this one down.  It brings Anne Boleyn to life as never before, and probably for the first time ever in fiction, Henry VIII emerges as a truly credible character in an authentic setting’ Alison Weir

*****

Praise for Commencing Our Descent

‘Her writing is as English as treason…  Dunn excels at exploring just how thin the line is between innocent conversation and erotic yearning…  She reads like an adulterous Jane Austen but without the adultery.  This is an enchanting love story of how love happens without itself’ Daily Express

Praise for Tenterhooks

‘Divinely sarcastic and packed full of perky observations, it’s very hard to resist’ Philip Hensher, Independent

‘Dunn is exceptionally good at describing life from a child’s point of view.  Her sharp, feminine tales reveal the secrets behind the domestic exterior’ Daily Telegraph

‘Her ear for language is acute, and part of the pleasure of her books lies in her choice of words.. .she hears and sees the unheard and unnoticed’ Times Literary Supplement

‘She’s an expert writer using what is certainly familiar material but in a wonderfully delicate and ambiguous way’ Penelope Fitzgerald

Praise for Venus Flaring

‘A sensitive and often funny story, that impressively treats a friendship between two young women with the sort of grandness and ceremony usually reserved  (by novelists) for love affairs’ Susie Boyt, Independent

Praise for Blood Sugar

‘There is a bleakness in this landscape that feels and smells exactly like adolescence.  Yet it is a remarkably rich and lively novel, packed with acute observations and wit.  All adolescent life is here, lovingly portrayed’ Polly Toynbee, The Times

‘Loaded and knowing prose, like a hip Edna O’Brien or Muriel Spark in a gymslip’ Glasgow Herald

Praise for Quite Contrary

‘A luminous, honest and haunting portrait of a single woman doing a demanding job and trying to stay alive inside.’ Scotsman

‘She excels at the documentation of unremarkable lives’ Guardian

Praise for Darker Days Than Usual

‘Plain, well-observed stories, Metroland’s answer to dirty realism. Independent on Sunday

‘An extraordinarily complex and economic piece of writing’ New Statesman

‘A real talent for the minutiae of London suburban life’ Guardian