• "Bright, racy...knowledgeable and humorous, alternately sensible and quirky."

    Terry Eagleton
  • "Anthony Burgess's wonderfully well-stocked mind and essentially wayward spirit are just right for summoning up an apparition of the Bard which is more convincing than most"

    David Holloway, Daily Telegraph
  • "Animated by affection and an understanding of the creative imagination that only a creative writer can bring to bear"

  • "A smooth-flowing narrative, often enlivened by Anthony Burgess's Joycean appetite for linguistic fantasy"

    The Economist