• John Irving has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut and J.D. Salinger, but is arguably more inventive than either. Wry, laconic, he sketches his characters with an economy that springs from a feeling for words and a mastery of his craft

    The Times
  • Irving writes with a lapidary directness that is unsurpassed by any living writer

    Sunday Telegraph
  • It is very satisfying to read a book that is hard to put down, and if this were a more valued criterion, Irving would no doubt by now have received the official accolades he deserves

    Financial Times
  • Vivid, eccentric, memorable

  • Irving's popularity is not too difficult to understand. His world really is the world according to everyone


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