Reviews

  • Wood is one of the finest critics at work today, heir to Coleridge, Hazlitt and V. S. Pritchett...He combines the breadth and seriousness of Edmund Wilson with the pellucid prose style of Cyril Connolly...Wood pursues his craft with a high seriousness the like of which we had not thought to see again after the death of Lionel Trilling

    John Banville, Irish Times
  • Breathtakingly good... James Wood is pretty much as good a general critic of literary fiction as you'll find writing in English at the moment

    The Times
  • A stylish writer as well as a clear-sighted reader. His prose bristles with the sort of epigrammatic brilliance that asks challenging questions even when providing answers

    Spectator
  • The most urgent and morally demanding critic around is the brilliant James Wood... A second powerful collection

    Guardian
  • This is a collection to be read by anyone who wouldn't normally dream of reading literary criticism

    Financial Times

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