Christopher Priest

Reviews of THE QUIET WOMAN (1990)

 

[After a Chernobyl-like accident in France, Britain is shrouded in radioactive fall-out. When her best friend is murdered, a young writer is forced to make sense of the deadly world she now occupies.]

The Quiet Woman

Time Out -- London:

One of the best and least appreciated of British novelists makes a welcome return with this mesmerizing psychological thriller. A rivetting study of personal and institutional paranoia, with a disturbing undercurrent of perverse eroticism, Priest's narrative is as insidious as radiation sickness; the initial symptoms are tiny, almost ignorable, but once it takes hold the effects are devastating.

The Guardian -- London:

Priest writes with charm, grace, and a wistful individuality.

Mail on Sunday -- London:

Priest's chilling genius is to convey in ordinary prose a series of minimal happenings that add up to sheer horror on your doorstep. Doing nothing for effect, always close to documentary, he is a tense master of the not quite explicable.

Everyman Review:

A disturbing novel, mainly because it demands us to look into ourselves and our environment, and judge whether what we see is what there is. Priest's novels delve into the regions where consciousness is constantly undermined by a more powerful and in many ways more real network of memories, fantasies and fictions.

Oxford Times:

The Quiet Woman and The Glamour stand as two of the best novels published in recent years by any British novelist, old or young.

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