"A riveting historical novel of love and war."
O, The Oprah Magazine.
"With luminous Prose - Hodgkinson's portrait of the primal bond between mother and child, her visceral understanding of the gorgeous, terrible weight of love mothers must carry, war or no war, leaves an indelible impression."
New York Times Books Review.
"The characters are so convincing and the writing's so unshowily accomplished that it soon becomes something gripping. An admirable debut."
"An affecting story, extremely well told."
"Convincing and touchingly portrayed."
Independent on Sunday.
"A powerful debut."
"An ambitious debut...with an air of psychological truth."
The Financial Times.
"A remarkable debut novel. Hodgkinson’s poetic voice is impossible to forget, and the shocking, hopeful ending will leave readers reeling".
Amazon.Com's Editor's Spotlight choice.
"A beautifully rendered novel, it is inevitable that Amanda Hodgkinson’s 22 Britannia Road will elicit a comparison to William Styron's shattering Sophie's Choice. And while no one with any humanity could fault Styron's Sophie for taking her own life, Silvana's perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is ennobling."
The Washington Independent Review of Books.
"A stark and beautiful book, alive to the compromises, deceptions and passions that traumatic situations can demand from the most circumspect of people."
"This book is a not-to-be-missed page-turner that kept me engrossed from start to finish."
Michael DiSchiavi. 'Editor's Choice' in The Historical Novel Review.
"A deeply affecting, complex novel, driven by primal truths and the subtleties of character, Hodgkinson's debut is a standout."
Lynne Harnett. Seacoast Sunday.
"Keep your Kleenex handy reading 22 Britannia Road."
"Lose yourself in this beautiful tragic tale."
"A most accomplished first novel. Powerful story-telling and entirely convincing in its evocation of post-war England."
Penelope Lively, author of Family Album.
"A deeply felt debut."
Helen Simonson, bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
"A novel of histories woven with secrets which threaten to unravel the present, this is a lushly written, compelling and ultimately moving read."
"What comes after surviving? asks Hodgkinson in her ambitious, emotionally incisive first novel threaded with primitive human instincts for safety and companionship. Hodgkinson enters boldly into well-trodden, sensitive territory and distinguishes herself with freshness and empathy."
Kirkus (starred review)
"Fans of novels like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and Sarah's Key, who can never have too much of a good war story, will warm to this fine debut. Recommended."
"Haunting.... This moving tale of what war has wrought on one family captures the reader from beginning to end, when these flawed characters finally come to their own fragile peace."