• "Amis's backwards world is rigorously imagined. It is a world of pathos and cruel hilarity - but the crux, the test of his vision, is what he does with Auschwitz"

  • "The devastatingly sustained black irony stands comparison with Swift's A Modest Proposal. It is, I think, Amis's finest achievement to date"

    Financial Times
  • "Extraordinary - Ironic inversion is essentially a comic device, but its trickery here yields results that are rigorously grave"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "An icy, hard read - Amis is at his intriguing, powerful and heedful best"

    Time Out
  • "Amis's most daring and ambitious novel"

    Daily Telegraph