• "The narrative is mind-bogglingly crisp, resourceful and sometimes hilarious in its description of the myriad ways in which people drink... This is both a moral and a literary book... Remarkable"

    Sunday Times
  • "This is a novel where the characters seem like friends and family. It's a fine achievement"

    Blake Morrison, Guardian
  • "The funniest sad book you'll read all year"

    The Times
  • "A painfully funny, beautifully written account of a wayward family falling like dominoes to the demon drink"

    Rowan Pelling
  • "Far above the ordinary. Woodward's characters are wonderfully complex and rich"

    Daily Telegraph