• "Marks the debut of a talented and genuinely imaginative writer"

    Julian Barnes, New Statesman
  • "As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across"

  • "Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... It is a tour-de-force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner"

    Gabriele Annan, Times Literary Supplement
  • "And now for a brand new writer of formidable talent, Ian McEwan who is 27. His stories First Love, Last Rites…are the most devastating debut I have seen for a long time"

    Peter Lewis, Daily Mail
  • "A brilliant debut by the most promising writer around"

    A. Alvarez, Observer Books of the Year