• "Crowded, crammed, bursting with manic erudition, garlicky puns, omnilingual jokes... which meshes the real and personalised history of the twentieth century"

    Martin Amis
  • "Burgess is the great postmodern storehouse of British writing-an important experimentalist; an encyclopaedic amasser, but also a maker of form; a playful comic, with a dark gloom"

    Malcolm Bradbury
  • "Enormous imagination and vitality - a huge book in every way"

    Sunday Times
  • "A hellfire tract thrown down by a novelist at the peak of his powers"

    The Times
  • "In all ways, a remarkable book"

    Paul Theroux