• "A tour de force in which every paragraph uncoils with vertiginous twists and turns, lightning metaphors, genuine learning, unstoppable laughter, and a passionate sense of literary pleasure"

  • "Amis's gifts - vigilance, wit, energy of language... A collection that reaffirms him as the suavest and funniest critic of his generation"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "We have here a literary critic of startling power... Often being right and being funny are, in this book, aspects of the same sentence... Amis is the best practitioner-critic of our day - just what Pritchett was in his prime..."

    London Review of Books
  • "[Written] with intelligence and ardor and panache... Speaks not just to a lifetime of reading but also to a fascination with individual writers mature"

    New York Times
  • "Brilliant prose... [Amis] proselytizes for talent by demonstrating it, by doing it... He is a master"

    New York Times Book Review