• "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"