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  • This collection reminds us of Amis's distinction and originality as a stylist

    James Wood, Times Literary Supplement
  • Amis can out-sentence practically anyone. The firecracker returns of phrase are not just audacious, they're also accurate... Like Nabokov, Amis makes writing seem fun, serious fun

    Geoff Dyer, Guardian
  • Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there

    Rachel Cusk, The Times
  • A superb journalist... It is Amis's jaunty, appalled and always avid watchfulness that makes in this collection true and truly enjoayable... Visiting Mrs Nabokov is a suitcase full of treats

    John Banville, Irish Times

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