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  • In Is This The Way You Said? we see the perfection of deprecation, spurred by wit, watered by pity, fed by observation. It's marvellous

    Murrough O’Brien, Independent
  • Full of humour and warmth, this is an impressive, at times brilliant, work

    Alexander Larman, New Statesman
  • Thorpe's precise prose never wastes a word; he inhabits a variety of complex characters effortlessly and is extremely funny and moving by turns. A real treat

    John Harding, Daily Mail
  • What raises both story and collection to the highest level is the combination of Thorpe's extraordinarily keen ear, sharp humour and a remarkable, direct prose that is not only suited to the way his people think, but also provides the perfect foil to those moments of tentative poetry that spark and burn from time to time in even the dullest of English lives

    John Burnside, Guardian
  • There is grace and strength to Adam Thorpe's writing that reminds me of Tai Chi... Beautifully observed tales

    Jennie Renton, Sunday Herald

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