• Not just a book of the year but now one of my desert island books.

    Adrian Turpin, Herald Scotland
  • Delicious and dead-on... All the embarrassments and gratifications of European travel are preserved in the amber of Maxwell's much pondered, seemingly casual prose.

    New Yorker
  • As the voices of Austen, Turgenev and Tolstoy have survived, so will Maxwell's. There aren't many truly great writers among us. William Maxwell is one of them

    The Times
  • It's hard not to see it as a work of genius

    Times Literary Supplement
  • His gentle urbanity is a joy

    Sunday Telegraph

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