• "A gripping parable of reason versus revelation, hysteria in the face of apocalypse"

  • "Whatever religion his writing inhabits, it is blazing with life and actuality"

    Ted Hughes, New York Review of Books
  • "Singer set scenes with such vividness that there is almost a smell to his books, the smell of poverty and guttering candles and decaying lives and decaying souls"

  • "His storytelling powers are so immense, so natural. He has more creative confidence than any living writer"

    Financial Times
  • "A remarkably confident debut... Singer was a great writer who managed to make that small world take on universal significance"