Claude Beccai is an inveterate story-teller. She has spun yarns since early childhood to spruce up the truth or to give it a twist to capture an audience at odds with reality. As a long time teacher, her gift to arrange facts has served her well with a broad variety of often reluctant students of all ages, backgrounds and mixed abilities. Most of her tales have been delivered orally.
This is such a satisfying book for me. It blends perfectly the three things I want from a novel – a crackingly good and thrilling story, some original humour, and self-effacing wisdom and philosophy which stem from living a long life of useful self-reflection. Claude Beccai is a real writer and she deserves wide recognition. […]
– Roderick Low