• "Barnes manages to be erudite but extremely funny too… You never know what Barnes is going to do next and I admire that.’"

    Caroline Rees, Daily Express
  • "Delightful and enriching... A book to revel in!"

    Joseph Heller
  • "Endless food for thought, beautifully written... A tour de force"

    Germaine Greer
  • "A gem: an unashamed literary novel that is also unashamed to be readable, and broadly entertaining. Bravo!"

    John Irving
  • "Julian Barnes' wry and graceful book, part novel, part stealthy literary criticism, traces the marks Flaubert made on a forgetting world. The writing is unfailingly sharp and often very funny, and among the best prose I have read in years"

    Sunday Times