• "It is this characteristic opposition which makes The Great World a truthful portrait of Australia. Sufferings and wrongs abound, but there is no dullness."

  • "An example of how fiction may still be individual, honest and humanly truthful. Malouf's great talent is precisely for unmasking the epic or world-historical - for finding the human backing to history's all reflecting mirror"

    The Times
  • "Lucid and accessible. His most ambitious book so far"

  • "A truthful portait of Australia"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "A book of great stature with moral force and moral truth"

    Times Literary Supplement