Putney Reviews

The Guardian – Review of Putney

Sarah Moss 11 Aug 2018
"It is rare to find oneself reading so compulsively a book that promises no resolution or easy answers; I admired this combination of intellectual honesty and bravura storytelling."
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Financial Times – Review of Putney

Zoe Apostolides 19 Sep 2018
"A disturbing, well-structured, nuanced story that provides no simple answers — an important addition to an urgent, current conversation."
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i Newspaper – Review of Putney

Sarah Hughes 31 Aug 2018
"Certain books worm their way into your soul, grabbing you from the opening paragraph and holding you in their grip until the final page has been turned. Sofka Zinovieff’s Putney is just such a book, compelling the reader from its atmospheric opening until its bruising, bittersweet end."
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The Observer – Review of Putney

Natasha Tripney 16 Jul 2018
"A Lolita for the age of #MeToo … It delves deep into the discussions surrounding consent and abuse of power. She has written a contemporary Lolita in which the rules of engagement have changed, women are speaking out about the ways they have been misused and the Humbert Humberts face prosecution and disgrace."
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Washington Post – Review of Putney

Bethanne Patrick 28 Sep 2018
"Thought-provoking and relevant, Sofka Zinovieff’s new novel “Putney” will provide plenty of book groups with fodder for discussions about female sexuality, child molestation, friendship and the #MeToo movement."
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The Sunday Times – Review of Putney

19 Sep 2018
"A finely nuanced study of the way different people make subjective sense of the past, and a reminder that the novel (like the analyst’s couch) is a great space for thinking about the unthinkable."
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The Spectator – Review of Putney

Philip Womack 19 Jul 2018
"Involving, beautifully written, and subtle… an incredibly unnerving account of abuse and its consequences… There are terribly difficult questions here, dealt with sensitively and intelligently."
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Kirkus Starred Review – Review of Putney

19 Sep 2018
"A novel that interrogates the intersection of love, desire, and abuse… Timely and nuanced"
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Vogue – Review of Putney

Laura Bailey 9 Jul 2018
"A powerful – and timely – examination of desire and permission, innocence versus experience. “All children liked secrets, didn’t they..?"
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The Lady (Book of the week) – Review of Putney

20 Jul 2018
"Unputdownable: a modern classic"
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Daily Telegraph – Review of Putney

Allison Pearson 15 Jul 2018
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The Sydney Morning Herald – Review of Putney

Kerryn Goldsworthy 10 Aug 2018
"A thoughtful, sophisticated, often unnerving treatment of a vexed topic."
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A Life in Books – Review of Putney

20 Jul 2018
"An intelligent, subtle novel which explores the fallout of sexual abuse all wrapped up in an engrossing piece of storytelling, so good that I included it on my Man Booker wish list… I take my hat off to its author for tackling such a tricky subject with compassion and intelligence."
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New York Journal of Books – Review of Putney

Michael Thomas Barry 21 Aug 2018
"Putney is riveting, thought provoking, and extremely complex. Although the subject matter is painfully uncomfortable the recent developments of the #MeToo movement make the focus timely and relevant. The terrible nature of sexual abuse needs to be openly and honestly addressed and Sofka Zinovieff has done an outstanding job of tackling the blurred lines and mixed perceptions that often exist between true love, lust, consent, and abuse."
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Open Letters Review – Review of Putney

Steve Donoghue 29 Aug 2018
"At no point does the narrative stoop to simplicities of blame and amends; everything stays refreshingly, disturbingly more complicated than that. Putney is a story about the long shadow abuse can cast on the lives of all involved, but it consistently works on intellectual and emotional levels in order to tell that story, leaving hymn-book moralizing for lesser treatments."
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The Literary Sofa – Review of Putney

Isabel Costello 18 Jul 2018
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i Newspaper – Review of Putney

Sarah Hughes 25 May 2018
"THE NOVEL THAT WILL HAVE EVERYONE TALKING"
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY – Review of Putney

22 Jun 2018
"An incendiary story of sexual obsession and abuse …traveling back and forth between the 1970s and today, the novel makes a convincing case for how the anything goes ethos of that earlier decade can lead to a reckoning decades later."
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