- ‘Gunn has given us nothing less than a masterclass in the art of fiction.’ The Guardian

- ‘Gunn’s stories are… delicate, unsettling and revelatory.’ The Guardian

- ‘Infidelities is a thought-provoking and deep collection of exquisitely sculpted stories.’ Bookseller NZ


- ‘A masterpiece… I cannot think of a more entirely original, enchanting and enchanted book.’ Independent 

- ‘One of the finest novels of the past decade’ Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

- ‘The Big Music takes the bold step of using its subject mater, classical Scottish bagpipe music, as a formal model.’ Adam Mars-Jones, Observer Books of the Year

- ‘Perhaps the greatest surprise about The Big Music is how readable it is… if you surrender to its size, soak up the complexities of its rhythms and themes, then it triumphs.’ Sunday Times


- ‘The quotation is mediated by imagination and rendered into art’ Scottish Review of Books

- ‘Her writing is spare and incredibly beautiful’ Good Housekeeping 

- ‘I adore this book and want to buy it for every woman I know… A lovely hymn to one woman’s ordinary life’ Eve


- ‘Beautiful, short, and intense… [a] timeless, sensuous, quality… suffused with the feel of summers long gone.’ Scotsman

- ‘It’s the drowsy and beguiling poetry of the writing that really matters. Kirsty Gunn’s wonderful characterisation of the sea… is reason enough to read this book’ Observer

- ‘Quietly tender’ The Times


- ‘Gunn’s prose is accomplished, poetic, and haunting.’ Times Literary Supplement

- ‘A sensitive, enigmatic read that on occasion rumbles the bones.’ San Francisco Chronicle

- ‘There’s a heat to [Gunn's writing] that does not let up’ Los Angeles Times Book Review

- ‘A haunting debut collection… weird and remarkably affecting… A small gem.’ Kirkus Reviews (Starred review) 
- ‘Lyrical… These melancholy tales impress the mind’s eye like delicate watercolour paintings.’ Entertainment Weekly
- ‘Her pacing is hypnotic. She lures the reader with images that are mere brushstrokes, lines that deftly say everything by refusing to say anything’ City Pages 


- ‘Rhapsodic, dreamy… reminiscent of Marguerite Duras’ Time Out New York

- ‘Like a dream… lovely… the colours and sights she describes are so real they can almost be tasted’ Publishers Weekly

- ‘A dreamlike mixture… shot through with jewel-bright imagery.’ The Times Literary Supplement (London)


- ‘Gunn is already a master of her craft’ Good Reads

‘Small masterpieces do not usually come as readable as this’ Fay Weldon

‘Rain introduces a new author of undeniable talent’ The Sunday Times (London)










Times Literary Supplement

- Calling Home – Clare Morgan:

- Book of The Year 2012 – Gabriel Josipovici: “Kirsty Gunn’s The Big Music (Faber) seems to give voice to the bleak and silent loneliness of the Scottish Highlands through meticulous adherence to the form of the highest mode of bagpipe music, the pibroch. It begins as it ends: ‘The hills only come back the same: I don’t mind, and all the flat moorland and the sky. I don’t mind, they say, and the water says it too… and the mountains’. It reminded me not of any British writer but of Faulkner. It is one of the finest novels of the past decade.”


- Play it again, Dad… – Unknown:

- The Hills are Allive – Adam Thorpe:

Sunday Times

- The Big Music review -Lucy Atkins:

The New Zealand Herald

- The Big Music review – David Hill:

- Talking with Kirsty Gunn – Sophie Burton:

- Novel about piper surprise win at book awards – Unknown:

- NZ writer wins British book award – Unknown:

- Poetic Licence – Peter Calder:

The Independent

- The Big Music review – Unknown: How such a superb novel missed out on the major fiction prices of 2012 is a mystery: perhaps Gunn’s Modernist relaying of the importance of music of legacy – themes distilled in this beautifully aching story of grandfather John Sutherland marching across a highland landscape with his newborn baby granddaughter, apparently heedless of the worries of her parents – was simply too challenging a read, too complex a symphony, for judges to grapple with. The best Modernists knew how to make readers care about their characters in the midst of literary experimentation, and Gunn does exactly the same, making us care about John Sutherland even as he does something seemingly impossibly evil.

- The Big Music review – Michael Bywater:

The Dominion Post

- Welly writer wins book award – Fiona Thomas and Jo Moir:

- Short and to the point – Jillian Allison-Aitken:

Scottish Review of Books

- Interview: Kirsty Gunn – Nick Major:

- Kirsty Gunn, Infidelities – Theresa Muñoz:

The Scotsman

- Interview: Kirsty Gunn, author of The Big Music – Susan Mansfield:

- Book Review: The Big Music, Kirsty Gunn: