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

    Daily Express
  • "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