Miss Garnet's Angel Reviews
"Rich, complex and hauntin"
"Beautifully and brilliantly
controlled. A triumph"
John Julius Norwich
"Reveals itself as a
surprising exploration of the mysteries of imagination
Joanna Trollope, Book of the Year,
"Easily the best novel
that I readin 2000"
MARTYN GOFF, Administrator
"This enjoyable, multilayered
novel contemplates existential themes – religion,
life, death and love and the ways in which these themes
are juxtaposed insists on the harmonious closure which
is achieved in both narratives."
"Written with subtlety
JESSICA MANN, Sunday Telegraph
Angel is a remarkable novel, whose genuine originality
is the result not of flashiness but something far more
substantial: imaginative intensity. This is not revealed
in weighty digressions but distilled into suggestive
images and precise relations. It is a vivid and fresh
novel, deliciously entertaining and – which is
rare for good novels – a happy book."
"Cleverly weaving her
graceful rendition of The Book of Tobit, from the Apocrypha,
through the main narrative, Vickers gives Miss Garnet’s
revelations a weighty universality and timelessness.
Although she is as clear-eyed and unsparing as Pym and
Brookner when assessing her characters’ limitations,
Vicker’s vision of human possibility is coloured
and impressively wise"
"A cracking new novel"
Mail on Sunday
Angel is one of those books you want to re-read the
minute you finish it ... beguiling and immensely satisfying."
Publishing News Books of the Year
"What begins as a beautifully-written,
gentle tale of a woman coming to life, slowly deepens
into something more intriguing as Vickers takes up issues
of good and evil, sexuality, religion and belief. Just
as one can happily wander the streets of Venice until
one finds oneself lost and fear sets in, the reader
is lulled by her artful prose – until ensnared."
subject is one that few contemporary writers dare to
– or are able to – tackle, namely the growth
of consciousness of the human spirit. The novel has
"As administrator of
the Booker Prize for the past 30 years I am often asked
whether I agreed with the judges of the year, or what
I would have chosen ... Salley Vickers’ Miss Garnet’s
Angel ... is easily the best novel that I have read
in 2000 ... you watch Miss Garnet utterly changed in
character and personality, and you marvel at how all
this has been achieved, together with a depth of knowledge
and projection of the story from the Apocrypha. It is
also one of the best pictures of Venice I have come
MARTYN GOFF, New Statesman