• "Confirms that he had inherited the mantle of the late P.G. Wodehouse. This is deliciously English comedy"

  • "Extremely funny . . . Mr Sharpe's dialogues is nifty, imaginative, enjoyable"

    Peter Ackroyd, The Spectator
  • "I laughed out loud, I really did . . . Tom Sharpe is nowhere more buoyant than when mounting catastrophic scenes of hilarious mayhem"

    The Statesman
  • "A very funny writer indeed . . . Tom Sharpe's comedy lies as much in his language and the pace of the dialogue as in the outrageous muddles and confusions of his comic situations"

    The Times
  • "This exuberant novel will cheer all those who dislike bureaucracy"

    Daily Telegraph