• "I was captivated from the first page. I cannot remember when I enjoyed a first novel more"

    Nina Bawden, Daily Telegraph
  • "If all works of fiction were as thoughtful, as subtle, as well constructed, and as funny as Metroland there would be no more talk of the death of the novel"

    New Statesman
  • "A rare and unusual first novel"

    William Boyd, London Magazine
  • "A very funny, touching first novel. It has a hard comic edge to it that is logical and at the same time extremely diverting"

  • "One would have to look very hard to find a wryer, more lovingly detailed account of intellectual and sexual innocence abroad"

    Jay Parini, New York Times