This book won the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award and the Yorkshire Post Award for Best Book of the Year. Jennifer Johnston has also won the Whitbread Prize ("The Old Jest") and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for "Shadows on our Skin".
Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any, generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN.
Jennifer Johnston has written a beauty...full of sharp truth *
Daily Telegraph *
Elegantly written... it is a tragic story with a merciful ending... Jennifer Johnston knows her Ireland as well as she knows human nature * Irish Times *
I greatly enjoyed and admired The Captains and the Kings -- Kingsley Amis * Observer *
Assured and skillful * The Sunday Times *
Formidably well done * Guardian *