• "Stead's writing is meticulous and elegant... The Secret History of Modernism is packed with interesting ideas and insights"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "The Secret History of Modernism is as subtle as Jane Austen and as fatalistic as Thomas Hardy. There is a profound sense of understanding and many truths... Readers must reach for this book with both hands"

    Irish Times
  • "If this is not the best novel I've read this year, it has banished the memory of anything that came close... It reads like a dream"

    New Zealand Herald