Higgerson, who praised Gathering String early in 2013, featured it second in his post of 13 books by journalists to get you through Christmas:
This was the book which led to me starting 2013 with bags under my eyes.
In his January post, Higgerson said he was sleep-deprived after late night’s reading the novel:
You know when you think you don’t have time to read, then start reading a book when you get chance and then everything else that can be put to one side tends to go that way? This is one of those books.