• "Brilliant...a remarkable feat"

    Sunday Times
  • "Only a writer as great as J. M. Coetzee is capable of infusing meditation on the spoilt hope of youth with such clarity, fluency and poise... The quality of the writing and its unflinching truthfulness make it exhilarating"

    Daily Mail
  • "This taut novel possesses the edgy grace that has consistently marked Coetzee's work"

    Irish Times
  • "Tightly woven, each line detonating with meaning"

    Glasgow Herald
  • "A memorable picture of the harshness London can offer to incomers... Youth is a wonderful book: a Bildungsroman, or portrait of the artist as a young man, to rank with any in the canon"

    Evening Standard

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