• "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